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Dec 24, 2012 2:33 PM by Associated Press

CPS official wants to close gaps endangering kids

PHOENIX (AP) - The head of Arizona's new Child Protective Services investigations office says it will focus initially on the Phoenix and Tucson areas but he hopes to eventually add investigators around the state.

The office is being created under legislation resulting from a task force appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer in response to reports of child mistreatment. Some involved families which had prior CPS contacts.

Greg McKay is a Phoenix police detective on loan to the state to serve as the new office's chief.

He says the 30-member staff will necessarily have to focus on the Phoenix and Tucson areas because they account for the vast majority of Arizona reports of serious maltreatment of children.

He says the unit would likely have to add staff to post investigators throughout the state.

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