§ 15.46. Law enforcement agencies as available resources.
(a) General. This chapter may not be interpreted to deny an older adult who needs protective services access to the normal protections available from the police and other law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
(b) Interagency coordination. To facilitate the cooperation of law enforcement officials with the provision of protective services when necessary, the agency shall fulfill the following minimum coordinating activities:
(1) Achieve specific coordination objectives with:
(i) Police departments in the planning and service area.
(ii) The district attorneys office.
(iii) State Police field installations for the planning and service area.
(iv) Officials of the court system.
(v) Legal assistance agencies.
(2) Establish designated points of contact with law enforcement agencies to facilitate access when necessary.
(3) Establish basic procedures to be followed when the agency makes reports of criminal conduct or requests for special assistance to law enforcement agencies and when the law enforcement agencies report the need for protective services to the agency.
(4) Provide for the necessary exchange of information about protective services for older adults and the role of law enforcement in the provision of those services.
(c) The role of law enforcement in protective services. The agencys protective services workers shall receive training as required under § § 15.12115.127 (relating to staff training and experience standards) in applicable sections of the criminal code and the role of law enforcement officials when criminal conduct is encountered or suspected.
(d) Legal options information. The agency shall take steps to inform older adults who need protective services of the various legal options, civil or criminal, available through appropriate agencies as possible remedies to situations of risk to person or property. If an older adult reported to need protective services requests the agency to contact a law enforcement agency, the agency shall respond to that request in an appropriate and timely manner.
(e) Police assistance to protective services worker. A protective services worker may, as appropriate, request the assistance of a police officer when investigating a report which indicates a possible danger to the worker. As provided under § 15.74 (relating to forcible entry), forcible entry may be made only by a police officer or State Trooper accompanied by a representative of the agency after obtaining a court order.
(f) Simultaneous investigation. When both a report of need for protective services and a police report have been filed, the protective services investigation shall continue simultaneously with the police investigation. The agency may take steps to coordinate its investigation with the police investigation and the investigation of the State licensing agency and shall make available as provided under § 15.105 (relating to limited access to records and disclosure of information) relevant information from the case record.
(g) Report of death. If the death of an older adult reported to need protective services occurs prior to the agencys investigation of the report, during the investigation or at any time prior to the closure of the protective services case, when there is some nexus between the death and the need for protective services, the agency shall immediately report that death to the police and the county coroner.
The provisions of this § 15.46 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228908) to (208909).
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act); and 6 Pa. Code § 15.155 (relating to investigation).
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