PIGEON FORGE – Lt. James Hatler of the Martin Police Department recently attended and spoke at the Tennessee Federation for the Aging (TFA) Conference held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, October 26-28.
The purpose of the Tennessee Federation for the Aging is to enhance the general welfare of older Tennesseans and to promote civic, educational, and social measures relating to the special interests of older Tennesseans.
During his workshop, Lt. Hatler covered some of the laws and guidelines that law enforcement utilize to investigate cases concerning vulnerable victims. He also covered what constitutes abuse and criminal acts against vulnerable individuals. He discussed laws which cover the required reporting of abuse involving vulnerable victims and techniques which are used to investigate these cases. The presentation assists in identifying certain characteristics which may be observed when dealing with a victim of suspected abuse.
The Tennessee Federation for the Aging Inc. (TFA) was organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1969 to secure funding for senior citizen programs and services and to serve as an advocacy group for older adults. Over the years, TFA has coordinated with various local, district and statewide organizations to provide service-provider training, educational workshops, and advocacy to align efforts to improve the overall quality of life for older Tennesseans.