Special Assault Unit

The Special Assault Unit (SAU) prosecutes sexual and physical abuse against adults, children and the elderly. SAU works collaboratively with law enforcement, the Children's Advocacy Center of Pierce County, hospitals and many other agencies for prevention, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. Our office was instrumental in establishing the Child Sexual and Physical Abuse Investigation Protocol for Pierce County, which is a multi-disciplinary team approach to reduce the number of interviews of victims, increase efficiency and success in prosecution and protect child victims. The Prosecutor's Office also partners with two local Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) and works closely with the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force.