Medina Township police launch elderly care effort

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Medina Township police launch elderly care effort

Medina-Gazette – The township Police Department celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Wednesday with “Cops Care,” a program in the works that will help senior citizens avoid being victims of scams and abuses.

Laurie Shoemaker, administrative assistant to Chief David Arbogast, is helping to spearhead the program with a $16,000 grant from Ohio Criminal Justice Services.

The scale of the program will be smaller than hoped due to the grant’s amount, she said, because Arbogast originally requested $48,484.

“We want to get an officer in his cruiser and go door to door and meet with the township’s senior citizens to talk to them face to face,” Shoemaker said. “If we could get 75 percent to meet with our officers … that would be great. We want them to know they can trust us and rely on us for anything they need.”

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