Excellence in Victim Services Award Winners

The awards were presented at the IACP/LogIn Inc. Excellence in Victim Services Award luncheon held during the 120th Annual IACP Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2013.

 

Small Agency Category

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department
Victim Services Unit
Los Gatos, California

The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Victim Services Unit was created in 2011 and is comprised of 12 diverse volunteer professionals. The unit is located in the police operations building and volunteers are available to respond to police related incidents 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The unit was established to provide consistent assistance and resources to victims.  The Los Gatos/ Monte Sereno Victim Services Unit provides service to “each and every” crime victim and recipient of police service.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Scott Seaman, chief, Los Gatos/ Monte Sereno Police Department; 2. Kent Barker, chief, Tualatin Police Department (IACP vice president with oversight of Victim Services Committee); 3. Kathy Williams, team leader, Victim Services Unit, Los Gatos/ Monte Sereno Police Department; 4. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.; 5. Dave Porter, chief, DeWitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; and 6. Mike D'Antonio, captain, Los Gatos/ Monte Sereno Police Department.

Medium Agency Category

Upper Darby Police Department
“Breaking the Cycle” Program
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

The Upper Darby Police Department’s innovative victims assistance program, “Breaking the Cycle”, provides the highest level of assistance to victims to ensure measurable improvement in the areas of safety, healing, justice and restitution. It is a victim-centered program, dedicated to ensuring all of the victims needs are being addressed in the most professional and supportive way, in a way that will ultimately lead to measurable improvement in the victims’ lives. The cornerstone of the “Breaking the Cycle” program is the Victims’ Rights Advocate who performs a myriad of functions including offering the victim information about their options; informing the victim about the criminal justice process; providing emotional support to the victims; and arranging for referrals to other criminal justice or social service agencies that provide additional assistance.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Michael Chitwood, superintendent, Upper Darby Police Department; 2. Dave Porter, chief, DeWitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; 3. Nashid Ali, community service coordinator, Upper Darby Police Department; 4. Kent Barker, chief, Tualatin Police Department (IACP vice president with oversight of Victim Services Committee); 5. Joan Scanlon, coordinator for the Center of Family Safety, Upper Darby Police Department; 6. Theresa Burke, domestic violence coordinator, Upper Darby Police Department; 7. George Rhoades, captain, commander of Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Unit, Upper Darby Police Department; and 8. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.

 

Large Agency Category

Hamilton Police Service
Victim Services Branch
Ontario, Canada

The Hamilton Police Service is sensitive to the needs of all those who have fallen victim to crime and will seek to assist them with the services needed to mitigate the effects of their experience. Established in 1992, the Victim Services Branch of the Hamilton Police Service is the only 24-hour on scene crisis intervention service for victims of crime and trauma in the City of Hamilton. We respond to the immediate needs of people who have been victimized by crime, and/or trauma such as homicides, suicides, sudden death, assaults, sexual assaults, domestic violence, motor vehicle and fire fatalities, robberies and harassment. Victim Services Branch staff and specially trained volunteers provide practical assistance, emotional support and referrals for additional community services.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Eric Girt, deputy chief, Hamilton Police Service; 2. Dave Porter, chief, DeWitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; 3. Nancy DiGregorio, chair, Hamilton Police Services Board; 4. Shaziya Vellani, victim services coordinator, Hamilton Police Service; 5. Kent Barker, chief, Tualatin Police Department (IACP vice president with oversight of Victim Services Committee); 6. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.; and 7. Martin Schulenberg, staff sergeant, Hamilton Police Service.

 

Honorable Mention

Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the: Orange County, Vermont, Sheriff's Department; City of Riverside, California, Police Department; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Police Department.

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