Policing Matters Podcast: Child abuse and mandatory reporting
Jim and Doug discuss why police officers need to be extra vigilant toward signs that a child is being abused
The national trend every year is for the stats on child abuse to precipitously drop off during the summer months. This is not because of an actual decrease in this violent crime — it is because we lose the mandatory reporting provided by teachers and school nurses because they no longer have contact with those kids. Jim and Doug discuss how police officers need to be extra vigilant toward signs that a kid is being abused (behaviors, appearance, etc.) and how police should take time whenever they can to reinforce to mandatory reporters that it is not only their duty to report abuse, but in many cases it is a misdemeanor to fail to report.