Andrea Higgens is a criminal elder abuse investigator with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in Northern California. Andrea works with a multi-disciplinary team of social workers, public guardians, civil attorneys, other law enforcement officers and prosecutors to protect elders and dependent adults and hold abusers responsible for their actions. Andrea provides training to law enforcement officers and detectives, probation officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, dispatchers, deputy coroners, and financial service providers in recognizing and responding to elder abuse. Andrea also teaches a POST-certified elder abuse investigation class through Third Degree Communications, a law enforcement training and consultation company. Prior to coming to the District Attorney’s Office nine years ago, Andrea was a police officer and detective with the Redwood City Police Department for 11 years.