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Worth Co. officials trained in child sexual abuse protocols

Law enforcement officers were trained on the child abuse policies for children in need of a sexual assault examination. (Source: WALB) Law enforcement officers were trained on the child abuse policies for children in need of a sexual assault examination. (Source: WALB)
Chief Assistant District Attorney J. D. Hart with the Tift Judicial Circuit (Source: WALB) Chief Assistant District Attorney J. D. Hart with the Tift Judicial Circuit (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

The Sylvester Police Department and Worth County Sheriff's office participated in child sexual abuse and search and seizure protocol training on Friday.

Law enforcement officers were trained on the child abuse policies for children in need of a sexual assault examination. 

It was a part of the Tift Judicial Circuit protocol. 

Law enforcement and responding officers were reminded of their role in such cases and the proper way to respond. 

Responding officers are the first to the scene and that is when the child is in their most vulnerable state. 

These cases could eventually turn up in court, which is why officials said this training is vital. 

"We want to make sure that they are responding appropriately and they are able to make that determination about whether a forensic interview is necessary but without being suggestive towards the child," said Chief Assistant District Attorney J. D. Hart with the Tift Judicial Circuit.

There will be another training next week for law enforcement officers. 

Those in law enforcement that are interested in signing up should contact the Tift Circuit District Attorney's Office. 

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