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Sacramento, CA 95841
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Suspected Child Abuse for Mandated Reporters (Instructions)

The Child Abuse Bureau is assigned to investigate crimes against children under the age of 18. A child abuse case may involve infant death, physical abuse, child molest, neglect, child annoyance (647.6 PC) and indecent exposure (314 PC) cases.

Currently, seven detectives work in the Bureau and investigate crimes in the County of Sacramento. The Child Abuse Bureau normally receives reports of child molest, physical abuse, and neglect from patrol officers who respond to calls of suspected crimes against children. Patrol officers generate reports that are ultimately investigated by the Child Abuse Bureau detectives.

The Child Abuse Bureau also receives reports from childcare custodians (such as teachers, day care providers, foster parents, group homes, etc.), health practitioners, child protective agencies, and commercial film and photographic print processors. These people are required by law to report all cases of suspected child abuse, neglect, or assault.

The Bureau receives approximately 6,000 reported cases of crimes against children annually. Most of the reports are generated by the mandatory reporting agencies, approximately 400-500 per month.

The Child Abuse Bureau works in a multi-disciplinary approach with many other child protection agencies. Detectives have a close working relationship with the District Attorney's Office, Child Protective Services, Daycare Licensing, physicians at the University California Davis Medical Center, and other emergency personnel. In addition, the Bureau exclusively uses forensic interview specialists at the Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center to interview crime victims.

In a collaborative environment, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Child Abuse Bureau diligently works to protect the children who fall victim to these horrific crimes.

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