Franklin County Sheriff’s Office provides a trained Investigator to
the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations through funding from the US
Department of Justice, Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement
Grant Program. Currently, the position remains vacant as we are waiting
to hear from the USDOJ on our new grant application. The Unit investigates
approximately 180 cases per year.
Investigations are conducted by appropriately trained personnel. The
Deputy Sheriff provided to NUSI is an officer who has expressed an interest
in the area of sexual assault and child abuse, and has some experience
in handling these cases, and is willing to increase their skill level
by attending advanced trainings. Tim Chagnon is assigned to this position
and has been a law enforcement officer since 1976.
Investigations in which the victim is a child is coordinated with the
local child protection agency who is mandated to investigate reports of
child abuse. The social worker and Investigator are both present at the
interview with the victim and information vital to the crime, as well
as child safety is elicited so that only one interview with the child
victim is necessary. Corroborating evidence is crucial and is sought by
the investigator and may include interviews with other witnesses, taped
conversations between victim and offender, or physical searches of the
offender’s home or car.
We encourage all readers to contact their Federal Senators and Representatives
and urge them to support grant funding for this very important project.
You too can take part and make a difference.