Excellence in Victim Services Award Winners

The awards were presented at the IACP/LogIn Inc. Excellence in Victim Services Award luncheon held during the 119th Annual IACP Conference in San Diego, California on October 1, 2012.

 

Small Agency Category

Monroe County Sheriff's Office
C.A.R.E. Cottage
Forsyth, Georgia

In 1992, Sheriff John Cary Bittick opened the C.A.R.E. Cottage, which was the first combination children's advocacy center/victim witness program operated out of a law enforcement agency. The C.A.R.E. Cottage is directed by Lt. K.B. Ayer and obtained its State and National Accreditation in 1998.  Operating a children's advocacy center and a victim/witness program out of a Sheriff's Office is ideal because citizens touched directly by violence or crime can be contacted and provided service, even if the case never goes to court. Sheriff Bittick's goal has been to let ALL victims know they are not just on the outside looking in, but that the Monroe County Sheriff's Office C.A.R.E. Cottage hears their voice and is working to serve and protect them.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Medium Agency Category

Waco Police Department
Victim Services Unit
Waco, Texas

The Waco Police Department Victim Services Unit serves as a voice for the crime victims of Waco Texas. The unit provides on scene crisis intervention to victims of crime, witnesses and family members of the victim. The unit's goal is to ensure that each victim's needs are addressed by establishing a continuous relationship with them as they progress through the phases of recovery.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured Left to Right: 1. William Kellibrew, President, William Kellibrew Foundation 2. Tami Parsons, Victim Services Volunteer Coordinator, Waco Police Department 3. Melissa Beseda, Victim Services Unit Director, Waco Police Department 4. Chief Brent Stroman, Waco Police Department 5. Chief Dave Porter, Victim Services Committee Chair 6. Chief Patrick Foley, IACP Vice President at Large

 

Large Agency Category

Arlington Police Department
Victim Service Program
Arlington, Texas

The Arlington Police Department's Victim Services Program utilizes master's level counselors to provide crisis and follow-up services to more than 11,000 victims of violent crime each year.  Counselors respond on scene, meet with victims at the police station, and follow up on all violent crimes reports to assess victim needs.  Counselors keep victims informed, connect them with community resources, and help them navigate the criminal justice system.  Victim services are thoroughly integrated throughout the department. Officers, detectives, communications personnel, and other civilian staff not only rely on Victim Services staff, but make outstanding service to crime victims a priority.  

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured Left to Right: 1. William Kellibrew, President, William Kellibrew Foundation 2. Chief Dave Porter, Victim Services Committee Chair 3. Interim Chief Will Johnson, Arlington Police Department 4. Derrelynn Perryman, Victim Services Unit Coordinator, Arlington Police Department 5. Theron Bowman Ph.D., Deputy City Manager, Arlington Police Department 6. Chief Patrick Foley, Douglas (MA) Police Department

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

 

Honorable Mention

Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the Beverly, Massachusetts Police Department, City of Duluth, Minnesota Police Department, City of Hayward, California Police Department, Delaware State Police, and the Calgary Police Service.

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