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Capt. Robert C. Esson

The investigation of child sexual and physical abuse is one of the missions of the Special Victims Bureau. The Bureau also provides extensive legislative analysis on child abuse bills and participates in a Federal task force on child exploitation. As a Detective Division unit, the Special Victims Bureau serves all Sheriff´s Station areas and has the exclusive responsibility for these investigations.

In an attempt to be as responsive as possible to the citizens of Los Angeles County, investigators work out of satellite offices in Lancaster and West Covina, in addition to the Headquarters office in Whittier.

The investigation of child abuse cases is highly specialized. Investigators assigned to this bureau are recognized experts in the interviewing of child victims, as well as juvenile and adult suspects. Child abuse detectives participate in multi-disciplinary child abuse centers located throughout Los Angeles County. Special Victims Bureau personnel conduct training of new deputies just prior to patrol assignment, and in-service training to patrol personnel to enable deputies to best carry out their responsibility as first responders in cases of suspected child abuse. Child abuse investigators also provide training to mandated reporters of child abuse, as well as community groups desirous of child abuse information.

Robert C. Esson