FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IACP AND LOGIN, INC ANNOUNCE 2010 EXCELLENCE IN VICTIM SERVICES AWARD WINNERS
Award Recognizes Exceptional Achievement by Law Enforcement in Crime Victim Response
Alexandria, VA: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and LogIn, Inc. are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Excellence in Victim Services Award: the Hazelwood, Missouri Police Department; the Lethbridge Regional Police Service in Alberta, Canada; and the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department. The award recognizes law enforcement agencies that have developed and implemented innovative strategies for providing comprehensive services to victims of crime. All winners will be recognized at the IACP’s 117th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL on October 25th.
The Crime Victims and Domestic Violence Unit (CVDVU) of the Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) is responsible for the development and coordination of the department’s crime victim’s assistance program and other related programs to assist all victims of crime who come in contact with HPD. The CVDVU coordinator, uniformed officers, detectives, and other police personnel provide extensive and comprehensive services to victims of crime. Over the years, HPD has expanded services to better serve victims, to identify and correct lapses in services, to coordinate with other agencies and organizations in the broader community and to improve ultimate outcomes for victims and offenders.
The Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS) Victim/Witness Services Unit’s (VWSU) mandate is to develop and implement programs and procedures that provide information, assistance, referral, and support to victims. With the assistance of volunteers, the VWSU is able to operate around the clock to provide first response service along with the community policing support and patrol operations programs to offer immediate support, information, and follow-up to victims of crime and tragedy. The VWSU also provides outreach and proactive activities to raise public awareness about crime prevention and about victims’ rights to justice and restitution.
Nearly twenty five years ago, the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) established a program that would serve the needs of victims while supporting the mission, values, and goals of FCPD. Over the years the Victim Services Section (VSS) has become an integral part of FCPD and developed as the service arm of the department to respond along with enforcement, protection, and safety components to protect and preserve the welfare and quality of life for the citizens of Fairfax County. The VSS works along with an array of collaborative partners to provide quality services for victims and witnesses of all crime.
Agencies selected as honorable mentions were the Beverly, Massachusetts Police Department, the Loudoun County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Austin, Texas Police Department.
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