The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office announced the addition of a new investigator position this week that will focus solely on elder abuse and financial crimes.
The county's elderly population is 31.62 percent over the state's average and reports of elder abuse have increased 9 percent since 2011, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
National statistics show more than a half million reports of abuse against the elderly are received every year, while millions more go unreported.
Much of this abuse is physical and financial. The abuse can be sexual, emotional, neglect or fraud.
The newly appointed elder abuse investigator will work closely with the district attorney's office, as well as the county's Adult Protective Services.
The Sheriff's Office encourages people who believe they know someone who is a victim of elder abuse to call the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office at 530-621-6600. People can also report suspected elder abuse to Adult Protective Services at 530-642-4800.