June 16 to be Proclaimed "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day"

On Monday the Tulsa Police Department will recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett will proclaim June 16 "World Elder Abuse Day" at the ceremony.

The TPD says this will be the largest crime prevention event they have ever hosted. 85 agencies will be in attendance, including the U.S. Postal Service and Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

There will be door prizes, exhibits, entertainment and therapy dogs at the event. The event is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

"Our goal is to raise awareness and help prevent abuse of elderly citizens," said Senior Crimes Detective Debbie Crisp, with TPD's financial crimes unit. "We want people to know that we will not tolerate victimization of the elderly and that we celebrate them for what they have contributed to our community."