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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Prosecutor Lindquist, talks HPO & Elder Abuse before the Wilkeson Town Council

WILKESON, WA - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to counci lmembers at the regularly scheduled Wilkeson Town Council meeting.

Prosecutor Lindquist spoke about two innovative initiatives that are making our community safer.

First, he discussed the High Priority Offender Program (HPO), a data driven approach to prosecution.

 “Our goal with the High-Priority Offender Program is to make our community safer by using technology, data, and intel to identify and focus resources on the small percentage of offenders who are committing a large percentage of the crimes,” said Prosecutor Lindquist.

Lindquist’s office adapted successful data-driven prosecution programs from New York and other east coast cities. Pierce County is the first county on the west coast to implement a High-Priority Offender Program.

Second, Lindquist spoke with council members about the office’s Elder Abuse Unit. Started by Lindquist in 2011, the Elder Abuse team works to vigorously prosecute offenders and assist the community in preventing elder abuse crimes.

“Our aging family members and friends are among the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Lindquist. “Our office protects elders through vigorous prosecution and through education so people can better protect themselves, their families, and their friends."

Because of its leadership in the field of Elder Abuse, Pierce County was awarded $370,985 from the Department of Justice to support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse. The Prosecutor’s Office, which secured one of only nine nationwide grants, is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies and victim service organizations to increase and strengthen training, form a community response team and improve access to victim services.

“We are leading an effort to bring stakeholders together,” said Lindquist. “This will make our community safer for our elderly citizens.”

The Prosecutor is always happy to speak with local leaders, civic groups, senior communities, and law enforcement on these and other issues facing our county.

For more information, please contact James Lynch at (253) 798-6265, jlynch@co.pierce.wa.us.

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