Lt. Richard L. Cage
Detective Sergeant Richard L. Cage had been assigned to the Child Abuse/Sexual Offense Unit for 18 of his 25 years as a police officer in the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department. He has conducted over 1,000 child abuse investigations and has interviewed over 3,000 children. In this capacity, Detective Cage has made significant contributions to forensic interviewing of young children. His knowledge, skills, and abilities in helping children who have been maltreated have resulted in countless arrests and prosecutions, preventing repeated perpetration of these crimes on other children. Recognized nationally for his skills as a trainer in the field, Detective Cage has conducted numerous workshops on investigative techniques for child sexual abuse cases throughout the United States and abroad. He served as a member of the Surgeon General's Planning Committee for the Development of Protocol on Child Abuse, headed by Dr. C. Everett Koop, and as a member of the Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Always willing to share his knowledge and skills with children of all ages and adults, he consistently provides training to various community organizations and frequently in a volunteer capacity. Recently, Detective Cage received recognition for developing a middle school informational tool designed to help individuals enhance their safety when dating and when home alone. A contributing author to Dr. Susan Sgroi's book, entitled Vulnerable Populations, his chapter "Criminal Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse" provides a comprehensive guideline on the criminal investigation of child sexual abuse cases. A unique individual who has made innumerable, outstanding contributions to improving the lives of abused and neglected children without thought of reward or recognition, Detective Cage has served on the front-line with compassion and dedication.