State Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan offering the professionals who interview young crime victims additional training opportunities has been signed into law.
Farrington, of Utica, said the best way for professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of proper interview procedures is to view real-life examples from across Michigan, which the new law allows.
“Interviewing children involved in abuse and neglect cases is a very delicate process,” Farrington said. “This change gives forensic professionals a great tool to improve their interview skills and learn from real-world situations.”
Farrington said the new law also includes important privacy protections. For example, recordings would not be used for training unless authorization is given by the child’s legal guardian as well as the prosecuting attorney from the county where the interview was conducted.
Her legislation, House Bill 5402, is now Public Act 343 of 2018.