Child Protective Investigations Section
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse:
Florida law requires any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the childï¿½s welfare or that a child is in need of supervision and care and has no parent, legal custodian, or responsible adult relative known and available to provide care to report their knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline.
Effective October 01, 2012 Florida law now requires any person who knows, or who has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused by an adult other than a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the childï¿½s welfare to also report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline.
To report suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect:
- Call the Florida Child Abuse Hotline directly at: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)
- Submit electronically at DCF website: http://www.myflfamilies.com/
- Submit report by facsimile (fax) at: 1-800-914-0004
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When a reported concern of suspected child abuse, neglect or abandonment by a caregiver or other person responsible for a child is received in Broward County, the Broward Sheriff's Office investigates the allegation in the specialized unit, Child Protective Investigations Section (CPIS). Because Broward ranks high among Florida counties for the number of abuse reports received monthly, extensive resources and collaborations have been devoted to this section including 94 investigators, 16 supervisors, 4 managers and 32 support personnel.
The cases are referred to BSO by the Florida Abuse Hotline which is operated by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Each investigation is conducted jointly with local law enforcement as defined in longstanding Memorandum of Understandings executed with local police municipalities. Specially trained child protective investigators focus on child safety issues, while the law enforcement personnel investigate any criminal aspects to the case.
BSO CPIS incorporates on-site multi-agency assistance to immediately address specific frequently encountered detrimental family issues such as substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence that may be an underlying factor in resolving the harm, neglect or abuse. Additionally, BSO CPIS uses the Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center / Child Advocacy Center for medical exams and other related enhanced evaluative and investigative assistance.
Additionally, BSO relies greatly on an extensive collection of community partners to intervene with referred families that need ongoing family support and family strengthening services. Families are assessed for service needs during an investigation. Annually thousands of families are referred by BSO CPIS for voluntary service assistance intended to improve parenting capacities and strengthen family functioning with a focus on enhancing child safety. Even if abuse isnï¿½t confirmed by BSO, many families that are met may have identified service needs and are offered such assistance.
When a victim child must be removed from a home, the section's first choice is placement with a willing and capable relative, offering a safe and caring environment. If that isn't possible, out-of-home placement is arranged by the local community-based care provider, ChildNet, located adjacent to the BSO CPIS office. They locate an appropriate foster home placement within hours. These cases are directly referred to the local juvenile dependency court system.
If it is determined a child was a victim of abuse or neglect, but circumstances indicate the child is able to remain safely in the home BSO may refer the family to a contracted provider funded by the Childrenï¿½s Services Council of Broward for intensive in-home service intervention. In other instances the child protective investigator may determine the filing of a petition for adjudication of dependency with the court is in the best interest for ensuring compliance to needed supervision and services with the family.
The Broward Sheriff's Office has full responsibility for all county child protective investigations and operates under a multi-year Grant agreement with the Florida Department of Children and Families since 1999.
You can contact the Child Protective Investigations Section at (954) 797-5299
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Major Audrey Jones
Child Protective Investigations Section
Major Audrey Jones is a University of Florida graduate and began her law enforcement at the Dade County State Attorney’s Office. She began working for Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 1994 and later became a Special Agent for FDLE. She worked in the Narcotics Unit and was the Lead Agent with No Fear Task Force in Broward County. She also worked Dignitary Protection, Crimes Against Children, Public Integrity, Economic Crimes, Southwest Florida Safe Streets Task Force (Fugitive Apprehension), Auto Theft Task Force, Cold Cases, and Violent Crimes.
Throughout her career she has worked cases with the FBI, DEA, ATF, ABT, NICB, and Secret Service. In 2006, she became the first African American female Major with Florida Atlantic University Police Department. There she organized and trained officers for the Criminal Investigations Unit. She also was the Commander of the Property and Evidence Room, Internal Affairs, and Public Safety Telecommunications.
She joined BSO in 2013, overseeing the Civil Division. In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Major. She is a member of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Captain Patrick J Murray
Child Protective Investigations Section
Captain Patrick Murray is a 34 year law enforcement veteran. He began his law enforcement career in 1980, with the City of Oakland Park Public Safety Department. He worked various road patrol assignments, including public safety officer (cross trained firefighter), field training officer and field training coordinator. In 1987, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit as a detective.
In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and commanded the Criminal Investigations Unit. In 1999, he returned to road patrol and also supervised Communications. From 2003 to 2008 he had assignments in Internal Affairs, Child Protective Investigations Service and Career Criminal Unit. In 2008, he returned to the Oakland Park District as a road patrol sergeant and field training coordinator. In 2011, he was assigned to and served as the Oakland Park Criminal Investigations and Selective Enforcement Team supervisor.
In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked as the Alpha Shift Commander in the Weston District. Shortly after, he was assigned to the Training Division and appointed the Field Training Program Administrator where he wrote and implemented a Standard Operating Procedure for the filed training program.
In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Child Protective Investigations Section. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course as well as the FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute.