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October 27, 2014
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IACP AND LOGIN, INC ANNOUNCE 2014 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 2014 Excellence in Victim Services Award: the Richland Hills, Texas, Police Department; the Glendale, Arizona, Police Department; and the Colorado Springs 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 121st Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 27th.
Small Agency Winner – Richland Hills Police Department (Mid-Cities Victim Services Program)
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 victim services and over 50 outreach programs have been conducted within the four jurisdictions.
Medium Agency Winner – Glendale Police Department (Victim Assistance Unit)
In April 2014, the Glendale Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) partnered with the Glendale Fire Department Crisis Response Team (CRT) 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 CRT personnel focus on meeting the immediate crisis and trauma needs experienced immediately after victimization. The “back end case management, assessment, and follow up” services, provided by the police VAU 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.
Large Agency Winner – Colorado Springs Police Department (Victim Advocacy Unit)
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.
Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the City of El Mirage, Arizona, Police Department (Victim Assistance Initiative), the City of White Plains, New York, Department of Public Safety (Project Trust), and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Police Department (Domestic Violence Initiative).
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