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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 1998
NEWS FROM: Public Safety 98-127b

"It Takes a Little Time Sometimes"

The new training video, entitled "It Takes a Little Time Sometimes," was developed to assist law enforcement investigators statewide who investigate elder abuse cases. The video is hosted by acclaimed actress and comedian Carol Lawrence and is produced by Michael Billings Productions. This collaborative project of the State of Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), the Office of the Attorney General and the Division for Aging Services results from the action plan of the Nevada Elder Abuse Prevention Council (NEAPC).

"It Takes a Little Time Sometimes" is the third video of a trilogy on elder abuse recommended by the NEAPC and P.O.S.T. The first video, "Rx for Abuse," hosted by Shirley Jones, was directed to the medical community and contains the signs and indicators of elder abuse. The second tape, "Help is on the Way," hosted by Robert Conrad, was developed to assist law enforcement officers who are the first to respond to an elder abuse call.

Dennis Kollar, P.O.S.T. Academy Commander, states that the third and final video in the series will provide all law enforcement investigators with solid techniques to pursue elder abuse cases.

"Elder abuse can be one of the hardest crimes to investigate. We hope that these three tapes will go a long way to assist everyone who must respond to or investigate this serious and sometimes subtle crime."

The 1997 Nevada Legislature recognized the importance of the role of education in preventing and stopping elder abuse and authorized funding for the production of the three elder abuse videos to train the medical and law enforcement communities.