September 24, 2018

TCSO achieves ‘Partner in Prevention’ status

Sheriff James Woodruff, Lisa Evans, Mackenzie Jackson (both of Twin Cedars), and Chief Deputy Jon Whitney

Sheriff James Woodruff, Lisa Evans, Mackenzie Jackson (both of Twin Cedars), and Chief Deputy Jon Whitney

(Lagrange, GA) — The Troup County Sheriff’s Office has achieved “Partner in Prevention” status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of the children they serve.

One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. The Troup County Sheriff’s Office has earned the “Partner in Prevention” designation by providing Stewards of Children training to over 90% of its management, staff, and volunteers.

This evidence-informed program is scientifically proven to help participants prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.

“Partner in Prevention” was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations that take child protection seriously by implementing policy and training staff to prevent child sexual abuse.

“The protection of our children is of the upmost importance and I am very proud that the men and women of our agency have completed this training to be able to provide the needed help for those that cannot defend themselves and that we as an agency have achieved this status,” says Sheriff James Woodruff

Darkness to Light is an international organization that leads the movement to end child sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults in education, youth serving organizations, and communities to protect children. Darkness to Light has affiliates in all 50 states and 16 international locations.

To learn more about child sexual abuse prevention training or to enroll your organization in Darkness to Light’s “Partner in Prevention” program, please visit www.D2L.org/Partner.

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