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      Police agencies learn to deal with at-risk adults

      Several law enforcement agencies in Georgia are now better equipped with knowledge and skills to better respond to the needs of at-risk adult crime victims.

      / Cody Long


      Several law enforcement agencies in Georgia are now better equipped with knowledge and skills to better respond to the needs of at-risk adult crime victims.

      Georgia is home to about 2.5 million "at-risk adults," adults 65 and older or adults 18 and older with any disability. Those attending are learning what Power of Attorney means, Georgia criminal law relating to at-risk adults and new changes to Georgia law.

      "This is going to be a problem that is not going to go away," Forensics Specialist Amanda Carter, who helped with the training, said. "There are crime codes in Georgia that make it a felony to abuse, neglect, and exploit this population and we want to make sure that the people who are responding to those calls know those codes."

      The event is taking place at the Albany Police Department Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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