Friday, May 25, 2007

Detective Lauded in Elder Abuse Fight

FRENCH CAMP - A San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office detective was honored Tuesday by the California Peace Officers Association for her work investigating elder abuse, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tracy Nugent has investigated elder abuse for two of the 18 years she has been with the Sheriff's Office.

In those two years, she's been able to see $1 million returned to elderly scam victims, she said.

Fighting elder abuse, much of which is financial, honors people who deserve better treatment, she added.

"You work so hard, build a nest egg, take care of your children, and that day comes when a kid, a neighbor up the street or someone else wipes that away," she said. "I don't want that to happen if I can stop it."

Nugent was among law enforcement officers honored the California Peace Officers Association's annual meeting, held this year in South Lake Tahoe.

We are happy to start the weekend on this good note and only pray that the ratio of news favorable to the victims will continue to increase as people everywhere say Enough ! to Abuse.

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