Police recognize National Crime Victim’s Rights Week; April 10-16
Surprise, AZ (April 11, 2016) The men and women of the Surprise Police Department are recognizing National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 10-16, 2016. The police are encouraging others to take some time this week to recognize and celebrate progress, to help raise awareness of victims' rights and services, and to stand with those whose lives have been altered by crime.
Every year, millions of people's lives are impacted by crime. This year's theme, “Serving Victims, Building Trust, and Restoring Hope”, underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in order to establish trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hopes for healing and recovery.
On April 11, 2016, members of the Surprise Police Department’s Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) will be joining many others from the Arizona Governor's Office, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and the Arizona Department of Public Safety at a 2016 National Crime Victim’s Rights Week event in downtown Phoenix. The annual event is held in honor and remembrance of victims of crime and recognizes those agencies and individuals who assist them in their journey.
The Surprise Police currently have one full time victim advocate and just received additional funding from a Federal grant to add another part time victim advocate. In 2015, the unit also received assistance from two volunteer victim advocates who donated a combined 1,300 hours to further assist victims. In review, the unit received 835 cases and assisted 485 victims with direct services in 2015.
To learn more about some the confidential, compassionate rights and other options available to victims, please contact the Victim Assistance Unit at 623.222.4312.
Click here to learn more about the Victim Advocacy Program: http://ow.ly/10x7qQ