Child Protective Services Need Police Training

Veteran Department of Public Safety investigator Marx Howell is playing a role in an unprecedented move to teach child protective workers more about the criminal mind.    " We took some police type training in behavioral analysis and death investigations of children and adults and also interview strategies." And adapted it to help investigators with the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Tony jasso, now a CPS worker often draws on his criminal investigative background.    " They're more forensic type of investigative and I think they are upcoming and very beneficial when investigating cases in child abuse, " explained Jasso.

At the CPS office in Nacogdoches about 40 cases a month are investigated. Hundreds more are under review. The information they're learning this week will help with all the cases.

Texans are seeing DPS,Texas rangers and cps work closer together. The highly publicized west Texas polygamy case is a prime example. Mike Claude investigates less known child welfare cases for the Nacogdches County Sheriff's Department. He notes that there's always been a good working relationship with CPS, but clearly recognizes the benefits of teaching them more about criminal behavior. Claude said, " It's important for cps to be able to recognize a criminal offense has taken place so they can notify us. "

Cycles of violence, evidence collection and crime scene analysis are just some of the topics cps workers learned about this week. It's the darker side of protecting children from danger.