One of the most difficult calls for police officers to investigate is that of Child Abuse. For most of us, it’s hard to imagine the trauma children must feel when they suffer physical or sexual abuse, especially at the hands of someone they trust. Compounding this trauma is the confusion young victims experience when they are thrust into the adult world of investigation, prosecution and bureaucracy.
For far too long, victims of Child Abuse have had to navigate a world that has been primarily designed to facilitate the needs of the systems that are responsible for the successful prosecution of those who perpetuate this heinous offence. At times, this has created frustration and confusion for these victims and their families.
By merging four key agencies under one roof, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre will provide a better way to deal with this complex social issue. Police Officers, Social Workers, Health Workers and Prosecutors will now be able to provide a service that more effectively addresses the needs of the victim without jeopardizing the requirements of an effective investigation and prosecution. In doing so, families will be immersed in a secure and comforting environment which will better address their immediate and long term needs. The Calgary Police Service is proud to be working hand in hand with our partner agencies in the operation of this vital facility.
Chief Rick Hanson
Calgary Police Service