The Arlington Police Department Victim Services Program, based out of Texas, was awarded IACP and Login Inc.’s Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2012 in the large agency category for their exceptional work with crime victims.
The Arlington Police Department truly integrates care for victims at all levels of the organization, utilizing master’s 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.
IACP and LogIn, Inc. jointly sponsor the Excellence in Victim Services Award, which recognizes law enforcement agencies that provide exceptional service to victims of crimes through original programs that enhance victim response at every level of the organization. This year, three agencies (one for each agency category: small, medium and large) will be selected that demonstrate innovative approaches to meeting the needs of crime victims within their communities. One representative from each winning agency receives an all expenses paid trip to the 2013 IACP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, where they accept the award.