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 2012 Excellence in Victim Services Award: the Monroe County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office; the Waco, Texas Police Department; and the Arlington, Texas 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 119th Annual Conference in San Diego, California on October 1st.
Small Agency Winner – Monroe County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office (C.A.R.E. Cottage)
- In 1992, Sheriff John Cary Bittick opened the C.A.R.E. Cottage, which was the first combination children’s advocacy center/victim witness program operated out of a law enforcement agency. The C.A.R.E. Cottage is directed by Lt. K.B. Ayer and obtained its State and National Accreditation in 1998. Operating a children’s advocacy center and a victim/witness program out of a Sheriff’s Office is ideal because citizens touched directly by violence or crime can be contacted and provided service, even if the case never goes to court. Sheriff Bittick’s goal has been to let ALL victims know they are not just on the outside looking in, but that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office C.A.R.E. Cottage hears their voice and is working to serve and protect them.
Medium Agency Winner – Waco, Texas Police Department (Victim Services Unit)
- The Waco Police Department Victim Services Unit serves as a voice for the crime victims of Waco Texas. The unit provides on scene crisis intervention to victims of crime, witnesses and family members of the victim. The unit’s goal is to ensure that each victim’s needs are addressed by establishing a continuous relationship with them as they progress through the phases of recovery.
Large Agency Winner – Arlington, Texas Police Department (Victim Service Program)
- The Arlington Police Department’s Victim Services Program utilizes masters level counselors to provide crisis and follow-up services to more than 11,000 victims of violent crime each year. Counselors respond on scene, meet with victims at the police station, and follow up on all violent crimes reports to assess victim needs. Counselors keep victims informed, connect them with community resources, and help them navigate the criminal justice system. Victim services are thoroughly integrated throughout the department. Officers, detectives, communications personnel, and other civilian staff not only rely on Victim Services staff, but make outstanding service to crime victims a priority.
Agencies selected as honorable mentions are the Beverly, Massachusetts Police Department, the City of Duluth, Minnesota Police Department, City of Hayward, California Police Department, Delaware State Police, and the Calgary Police Service.
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