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 Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 2015.

 

Small Agency Category

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Lexington, KY

The creation of Amanda’s Center, named after Amanda Ross, a domestic violence victim, is located within the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff, KY, and effectively minimizes barriers to services that victims of domestic violence used to face in the Lexington-Fayette County community.  Amanda’s Center has been a key system enhancement to an increasingly strong collaborative community response to victims of domestic violence and was created as a centralized point where victims come for help, referrals, and resources, all in one location. Specifically designed to better address domestic violence crimes, the Center has improved investigations, increased convictions of offenders, improved accessibility of services for victims, and improved collaboration between law enforcement and community agencies. By working hand in hand with over 20 partner agencies, Amanda’s Center has been the answer to assistance, healing and a restored life for many.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: Shelley Rose, President/CEO of LogIn, Inc., Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Ret.), Oak Creek, WI Police Department, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Amato, Office of the Fayette County Sheriff, KY, Sheriff Kathy Witt, Office of the Fayette County Sheriff, KY, Chief Kent Barker, Tualatin, OR Police Department and IACP VP at Large, Chief Dave Porter, DeWitt, IA Police Department and Chair of the Victim Services Committee.

Medium Agency Category

Irving Police Department
Victim Services Unit
Irving, TX

The Irving Police Department places a high value on providing meaningful services to victims of violent crime.  In 2001, the City of Irving built the Irving Family Advocacy Center to promote a coordinated community response for victims of violent crime by bringing together victim services staff, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, Child Protective Services and a therapy department.  These disciplines work together as one team to reduce the long term negative impacts of crime.  The Victim Services Unit contacts on average 3,500 victims of violent crime a year to provide crisis counseling, safety planning, risk assessment, criminal justice and victim rights information, VINE registration assistance, Crime Victims’ Compensation assistance, information and referrals.  The Victim Services Unit continually seeks to enhance services by developing protocols to ensure timely delivery of services to victims of high risk crimes, administering surveys to ensure clients are benefitting from the services, collaborating with outreach projects to provide awareness and primary prevention training to community members. 

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: Assistant Chief Bruce Jolley, Irving, TX Police Department, Shelley Rose, President/CEO of LogIn, Inc., Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Ret.), Oak Creek, WI Police Department, Assistant Chief Brian Redburn, Irving, TX Police Department, Heather Kovall, Victim Services Supervisor, Irving, TX Police Department, Chief Kent Barker, Tualatin, OR Police Department and IACP VP at Large, Chief Dave Porter, DeWitt, IA Police Department and Chair of the Victim Services Committee

 

Large Agency Category

Abu Dhabi Police
Support Services Centre
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Having recognized the importance of supporting families and those who had fallen victim to criminal behavior, Abu Dhabi Police created the concept of a Social Support Centre Department in 2004.  The objective of the Department is to deliver the highest standards of support services to those in situations of domestic violence, community disputes, issues relating to children and juveniles including child abuse and neglect and bullying, addressing the issue of self-harm and suicide, and to victims of serious crime, accidents and disasters.  The Department takes referrals from individuals, police stations, other organizations and the courts. Working in collaboration with other partner agencies the Department seeks to raise awareness among the public in order to prevent crime and further victimization. Staff members include professional social workers and psychologists of both gender. In delivery of its services the Department provides facilities in four locations across police jurisdiction using a confidential electronic information collation system.

 

Convention Photo by Joe Orlando Inc.

Pictured from left to right: Shelley Rose, President/CEO of LogIn, Inc., Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Ret.), Oak Creek, WI Police Department, Captain Akram Idress Ahmed, Abu Dhabi Police, Social Support Centers Department, Chief Kent Barker, Tualatin, OR Police Department and IACP VP at Large, Chief Dave Porter, DeWitt, IA Police Department and Chair of the Victim Services Committee

 

Honorable Mention

Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the: Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department; Chandler, Arizona Police Department; and Fort Worth, Texas Police Department.

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