GEORGIA (WJBF) – Some of Augusta’s own received a standing ovation from lawmakers at Georgia’s State Capitol in Atlanta on Thursday.
The Augusta task force, Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly (C.A.V.E.) received the award on the State House floor. C.A.V.E. focuses on helping the elderly and disabled who are victims of abuse.
On Thursday, lawmakers recognized the unit for closing 13 unlicensed or illegal personal care homes and arresting the operators. Augusta’s District Attorney Natalie Paine created the unit in September of 2017. In less than 5 months, the team has rescued more than 40 elderly and disabled people in the area.
DA Paine says she is so proud of the team. “They genuinely care about their community and want to ensure that these people are not abused and not taken advantage of,” she says. Paine points out the members do not get paid any extra for the extra time they dedicate to C.A.V.E.
Members of the DA’s Office, the Coroner’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Department and the Marshals Office in Richmond County make up the C.A.V.E unit. Paine credits their success to teamwork.