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The Child Support Detail is assigned to assist the County
of Sacramento Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). The Detectives assigned
to this unit will perform enforcement and investigative duties to encourage
the payment of child support.
DCSS has taken over control of child support by mandates from the State
and Federal governments. The function was previously conducted by the
District Attorney's Office. DCSS has contracted with the Sheriff's
Department to provide investigative support. DCSS handles over 100,000
cases of child support in the county.
The detectives assigned to this unit perform a number of functions.
They are responsible for the service of the civil warrants relating to
child support cases and for the enforcement of court ordered paternity
testing. These tests can be completed in the field by the investigator
or at the DCSS office. Detectives also conduct lifestyle surveillances.
These are investigations utilized when there are concerns about the factual
reporting of income by either party in a child support hearing. These
investigations often lead to unreported sources of income and associated
Avoidance of court ordered payment by non-custodial parents has become
very difficult. Mandated reporting of income, new hires, public assistance
claims, contractor licenses, lottery winnings, tax returns, and numerous
other sources, have created vast databases to search for non-custodial
parents. Failure to pay court ordered support is a crime (PC 166.4).
Failure to provide for a minor child is also a crime (PC270). Cooperation
between law enforcement agencies has lead to dramatic increases in recovered
The overriding concern of the DCSS and the assisting investigators is
to ensure the well-being and support of the children. The focus is on
revenue recovery not on incarceration. The children in these cases are
better served with the proper support needed to ensure a safe and healthy
existence. However, once it becomes apparent that cooperation cannot
be established with the non-custodial parent, steps that are more aggressive
will be taken.
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