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 child’s 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 child’s welfare to also report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline.

To report suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect:

  1. Call the Florida Child Abuse Hotline directly at: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)
  2. Submit electronically at DCF website: http://www.myflfamilies.com/
  3. 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 isn’t 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 Children’s 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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Lisa Baker

Major Lisa Baker
Child Protective Investigations Section

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Lisa Baker began her law enforcement career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1986, as a communications operator. In 1988, she transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement and completed the police academy. She was assigned to several districts and worked a variety of assignments. In 1991, she completed the Correctional Officers Academy earning a cross certification classification. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999, and was assigned as an investigator in the agency’s Internal Affairs for five years before being promoted to lieutenant in 2005.
Lisa was the operational lieutenant in the Tamarac District for two years before transferring to the Staff Inspections/Accreditation Unit, where she worked for five years assisting the agency in obtaining both national and state accreditations. She attained the status of the agency’s accreditation manager before transferring back to the Department of Law Enforcement where she served as the operational lieutenant in the Cooper City district and executive officer of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport district.
In 2013, Lisa was promoted to major and assigned to her current position as the Program Administrator of the Child Protective Investigations Section.
Major Baker received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University. She is also a graduate of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Executive Leadership Program.

Captain Daniel Lindsey
Child Protective Investigations Section

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Daniel Lindsey began his law enforcement career in 1989, with the City of Pompano Beach. He worked various road patrol assignments, including field training officer and field training coordinator. In 1995, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit as a detective. This assignment continued through the merger with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1999. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and worked first as a patrol sergeant before being assigned as a Criminal Investigations sergeant for the Pompano Beach district. From 2001 through 2005, he was assigned to unincorporated Pompano Beach and the Tamarac districts where he supervised Criminal Investigations, the Traffic Unit, Community Policing, Truancy and the Selective Enforcement Team. In 2005, he was assigned as a sergeant in the Child Protective Investigations Section where he served until 2011, when he was assigned to Court Services. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Child Protective Investigations Section.