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CPS asks local police for help with uninvestigated cases

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CBS 5 News has learned Child Protective Services (CPS) is asking for help from six different police departments as it feverishly tries to address thousands of un-investigated cases of reported child abuse.

Right now, CPS is identifying cases they have yet to investigate and in what city those cases reside. A spokeswoman with the C.A.R.E. team overseeing the CPS investigation identified 17 cases in Flagstaff, 100 in Tempe, 143 cases in Scottsdale, 291 in Mesa, 292 in Glendale, and more than 1,400 cases in Phoenix.

But CBS 5 News learned officials at those departments say those numbers are tentative

"When they {detectives} start working on that, we are expecting that number to drop down to less than where it is," said Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Trent Crump, about the cases he expects his agency to help with.

Nevertheless, Crump admits the cases will do anything but lighten detectives' workloads.

"There's no question that it's going to be time consuming for us," Crump said.

Once investigators receive a log from CPS of reported cases, officers will start sifting through what needs more attention.

"Going out and checking a child's warfare, seeing if there is still a condition that exists that we might want to investigate or look at, and then determining will we take that or will we notify CPS so they can begin a case on that," Crump explained.

He says in any situation where a child may be in imminent danger, officers know to take action.

"We're gonna be going in cases and checking that a child's safety's OK. We'll make an assessment if a criminal investigation needs to be done," Crump said.

It's a lot of responsibility, but Crump says the Phoenix Police Department can handle it - even though the department's child crimes unit already averages 5,000 cases each year. Not too long ago, that unit was bogged down under a mountain of its own cases and a lack of resources.

When it comes to resources to help with the CPS cases, by comparison, the Tempe Police Department, for instance, potentially could get 100 CPS cases. Its special victims unit has seven detectives and one sergeant.

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