Although statewide mandates for joint investigations and joint training were implemented over a decade ago, collaboration and communication between law enforcement and Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) investigative staff is not occurring consistently throughout the state.  

The Advanced Child Abuse Investigation Training Program offers free joint training to both law enforcement and the Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) Investigations Division, specifically Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigators, Child Care Licensing Investigators, and Special Investigators who assist in child abuse investigations.  A space will be provided for both disciplines to meet and discuss current crime trends, as well as, enhance the future collaboration and communication between law enforcement and DFPS investigative staff. Students who receive this training will be able to use the investigative skills and knowledge learned in this training to complete successful joint investigations.  The Program will provide training materials and investigative tools that can be used in future child abuse investigations to students who attend the joint training events. 


2016 Law Enforcement & CPS Joint Survey Report