Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Draw Attention to Issue of Elder Abuse
Information Booth in Ferry Terminals on June 16-17
(N. Cape May, NJ) To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Delaware River and Bay Authority police officers will join with local social services representatives to provide information and material to Cape May – Lewes Ferry passengers on how to recognize elderly abuse and what actions to take if a person believes elderly abuse is taking place. The event is free and information booths will be set up inside the Cape May and Lewes ferry terminals.
“We can all help to reduce and even prevent the abuse and mistreatment of our most vulnerable in society,” said Col. Joseph Bryant, Jr., Delaware River and Bay Authority police administrator. “Education is the key. By becoming more involved and aware of what abuse looks like, taking thoughtful steps to prevent it, and reporting suspected abuse to law enforcement, we can make a difference in the lives of so many.”
Lewes Terminal: On June 16 from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Delaware River and Bay Authority police officer, Pfc. Mary Rehill and Carrie Magathan of the Milford Office of Social Services will provide information to ferry passengers and local residents. On Sunday, June 17, Authority officers will be on-hand during the same time period.
Cape May Terminal: On June 16 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Delaware River and Bay Authority police officer, M/Cpl Pete Riess, and Bobbi Jo Taylor of the Cape May County Board of Social Services will interact with ferry passengers and local residents on this very important issue. On Sunday, June 17, Authority officers will be on-hand during the same time period.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be observed on June 15. On this day, the entire world focuses on a problem not limited by geography: the mistreatment of elderly citizens. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, and estimates suggest that a large majority of these cases go unreported. The focus of the awareness effort is to empower this vulnerable segment of our population and to enlighten the public about how to spot elder abuse.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net
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