Excellence in Victim Services Award Winners

The awards were presented at the IACP/LogIn Inc. Excellence in Victim Services Award luncheon held during the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 27, 2014.

 

Small Agency Category

Richland Hills Police Department
Mid-Cities Victim Services Program
Richland Hills, Texas

In 2009 the Richland Hills Police Department entered into a regionalized crime victim liaison project with one crime victim liaison servicing the cities of Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, and Watauga with Haltom City added in 2013. The program covers an extremely diverse population. A Victims Service Specialist working as a team with police officers provides a myriad of services including emergency housing for domestic violence victims, counseling, child care and briefings with officers. Since establishing the program over 800 persons received some form of victims services and over 50 outreach programs have been conducted within the four jurisdictions.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Dave Porter, chief, Dewitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; 2. Kent Barker, chief of police, Tualatin Police Department, IACP vice president at large; 3. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.; 4. Jennifer Thompson, keynote speaker; 5. Barbara Childress, chief, Richland Hills Police Department; and 6. Christi Garcia, crime victim coordinator, Richland Hills Police Department.

Medium Agency Category

Glendale Police Department
Victim Assistance Unit
Glendale, Arizona

In April 2014, the Glendale Victim Assistance Unit  (VAU) partnered  with the  Glendale Fire Department Crisis Response Team (CR) with a vision of expanding immediate, specialized crisis intervention services to crime victims in our city.  This collaboration incorporates victim services throughout both the police and fire     department agencies.  The “front end crisis intervention” services provided by the Fire CR personnel focus on meeting the immediate crisis and trauma needs experienced immediately after a victimization.  The “back end case management, assessment, and follow up” services, provided by the police VA personnel, focus on criminal justice advocacy, crime victim rights education, development of a follow up care plan, and connections to counseling and healing services.   This collaboration partners to make available immediate 24/7 crisis intervention/stabilization, with next day specialized follow up by a police victim assistance caseworker.   By the sharing of specialized training resources; best practices in victim services;  and joint personnel, all  crime victim needs can be addressed immediately, holistically, and in an ongoing coordinated effort.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Dave Porter, chief, Dewitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; 2. Kent Barker, chief of police, Tualatin Police Department, IACP vice president at large; 3. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.; 4. Jennifer Thompson, keynote speaker; 5. Melissa Thompson, critical incident and peer support coordinator, Glendale Police Department; and 6. Debora Black, chief, Glendale Police Department.

 

Large Agency Category

Colorado Spring Police Department
Victim Advocacy Unit
Colorado Spring, Colorado

The Colorado Springs Police Department Victim Advocacy Unit provides a continuum of law enforcement based victim services, including immediate crisis intervention; on-going support throughout the investigative and criminal justice process; and assistance in obtaining community resources. Advocates arrange emergency safe housing through safe houses or temporary hotel stays; secure funding for emergency relocation of a victim and family, if needed; assist with obtaining protection orders against the offender; and help crime victims apply for victim compensation funds to assist with the cost of crime-related expenses. The overall goal of the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit is to empower crime victims by providing guidance and support during the aftermath of the crime. Advocates use their knowledge, experience, and passion to be a voice for the victims they serve in the hopes of minimizing the impact of the crime and to assist in restoring their quality of life.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: 1. Dave Porter, chief, Dewitt Police Department, chair, Victim Services Committee; 2. Kent Barker, chief of police, Tualatin Police Department, IACP vice president at large; 3. Shelley Rose, president and CEO, LogIn, Inc.; 4. Jennifer Thompson, keynote speaker; 5. Maricela Dennis, victim advocacy coordinator, Colorado Springs Police Department; and 6. Adrian Vasquez, lieutenant, Colorado Springs Police Department.

 

Honorable Mention

Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the: El Mirage, Arizona, Police Department; City of White Plains, New York, Police Department; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Police Department.

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