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.
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.