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Police Continue to Combat Child Abuse

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GREAT FALLS - April 30th marks the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. It has been described in Montana as a situation that has been a concern for years.

Sgt. Bryan Slavik of the GFPD touched on it being a statewide issue saying "Great Falls is not the only city in Montana that is experiencing the problem. There's been some increases in Missoula, Kalispell, and Billings, probably for the exact same reasons we are."

Great Falls police isn't the only ones that noticed though, as help has come in many ways. Slavik said of the current state of the situations that "they've become more aware to the police department. Some of that is the citizens being more aware and reporting it more and certainly we are able to investigate those things more."

But police knew they still had to confront the issue as a whole, as more of an emphasis was put on the matter. Slavik said of how they are combating it "I know in law enforcement in general, especially with these last several years in Montana, we have taken it very seriously and stepped up our game tremendously."

The Great Falls Police Department has spent a lot of time combating it, and doing so is one of its top priorities.  Slavik said of how GFPD is doing so is "the police department is spending a lot of time, a lot effort and time on training specifically for those kind of problems. We have specialty detectives that have gone to forensic interviewing, children training, special investigation of child abuse and child assault cases."

Gfpd is utilizing other resources to help with cases.   Slavik said, "we've enhanced our relationship with DPHHS so we work together as a team to help identify, to help investigate, and most of all help those kids."

April may be over, but that won't stop GFPD.
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