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Providence hears reports on child abuse, animal control, speeding

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

The Child and Family Support Center treated 581 victims of abuse last year.

By Shannon McCleve

PROVIDENCE — The Providence City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sign the declaration making April officially Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Melissa Frandsen, a representative from the Child and Family Support Center, presented the proposal to the council. She discussed many of the problems the center can help with and gave information on Cache Valley’s child abuse status.

She said there were 191 substantiated child abuse cases in Cache Valley. This means the cases were reported and proven to be a legitimate problem for the child, she said. There were also 559 child abuse allegations reported, meaning they were not all substantiated, however still reported.

Frandsen said that getting the information out helps prevention.

“Prevention works,” she said. “Once we see the problem, we work on preventing it by education.”

The Child and Family Support Center treated 581 victims of abuse, and 402 adults were educated about child abuse, sex abuse and anger management, she said.

In other business, Lt. Brian Locke of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office presented its annual report to the council on the patrolling of Providence and the other services provided by the sheriff’s office.

Of these services, Councilman David Low asked about animal control and speed patrolling, and asked if a more proactive strategy would be more beneficial for animal control.

Councilman Dale Astle, in reviewing the report, said it was costing approximately $150 per incident to call animal control. These incidents could be anything from a dog that won’t stop barking to a stray dog that bit a child.

Another topic to the sheriff’s office was speed patrolling and its effectiveness. Jensen said patrolling gets people’s attention and helps them to slow down.

Astle said that not a lot of people speed on purpose and having reminders helps people to slow down.

Low said that reminders help drivers have more accountability for their speed.


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