SPOKANE, Wash. — Senior citizens fear violent crime, but data show that seniors are more likely to be victimized by fraud—telephone and mail scams, bank examiner fraud, roofer or driveway repair schemes, theft by persons they hire for various personal services, and the like.
A free law enforcement training conference on white collar crime against older people will be held July 15-16, in the Phase One Academic Building at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park. There is no charge for registration, but participants must preregister and class size is limited to 50.
“White Collar Crime: Law Enforcement and Crimes Against Older People” is designed for crime prevention practitioners and supervisors, patrol supervisors and police managers, and volunteers working in crime prevention or community policing.
The training will be conducted by John Bordenet of the AARP on Wednesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday, July 16, 8 a.m.-noon. Bordenet holds a master’s degree in criminology and corrections and has been a member of the AARP staff since 1987, providing training to law enforcement, securities regulators, and others about victimization of senior citizens and prevention of fraud. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the National White Collar Crime Center’s Training and Research Institute, and is an adjunct faculty with the Institute of Police Technology and Management.
The training is accredited by POST directors in Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, and is sponsored by WSU Spokane, the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS) and the American Association of Retired Persons. The goals of the course are to help officers interact more effectively with seniors; and learn about prevention, investigation, and solving of crimes against the elderly.
For more information or to register contact WRICOPS at 509/358-7950.
The Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS) was formed in 1996 under the leadership of WSU Spokane with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. The goal is to extend the community policing partnerships model of the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing (WSICOP), formed as a partnership between the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, and the WSU Spokane Criminal Justice Program, to the western five-state region via its training, technical assistance and research components.

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