Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center and law enforcement sign MOU

PANAMA CITY, Fla.(WJHG/WECP) - Law enforcement agency leaders from all over the 14th Judicial Circuit came to the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center for the special signing event Friday.

The ceremony was held to reiterate and remind each of the parties what their responsibilities are with respect to battered and abused children. The Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, outlines the proper responses to situations involving children who have been neglected or victimized.

Each organization defines how they can best facilitate a swift and minimally traumatic handling of each case as it progresses through the legal system.

Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin added, "Those impacts are very long lasting. Us working together with all of the social services, the schools, the CAC, and a collaborative approach gets the best results not only in bringing the people to justice who commit these crimes against these children but also making sure those children get the services they need so they can continue on in life."

The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center has transformed the lives of countless victims of child abuse since it opened in March of 2000.

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