AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Center for Child Protection in Austin received a grant from the criminal justice division of the Governor's Office to invest in Mobile Forensic Interview (MFI) equipment.
The equipment consists of a video camera, a specially-equipped laptop and a microphone. Forensic Interviewers will use the MFI equipment to conduct interviews in child abuse cases out on the field at a neutral location.
Currently, children have to physically appear at a child advocacy center to be interviewed by a trained professional. Law enforcement, prosecution and Child Protective Services rely on this interview for their investigations into child abuse cases.
But, traveling to the centers proves difficult for suspected child victims if they live too far from a children's advocacy center or if they are hospitalized.
The Center for Child Protection in Austin is one of 18 children's advocacy centers in Texas that will share the $175,000 grant to invest in MFI equipment.
Thursday staff members from across the state were trained on how to used the equipment.
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