Tuesday, April 20, 2010

B.C. Victims of Crime Awareness Week

RCMP Victim Services Program in B.C.

There truly is no such thing as a victimless crime – if you follow the chain of criminal activity, there is always a victim at some point. And it is these victims who are recognized during the Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 18-24, in British Columbia and nationally.

From the death of a loved one or sexual assault to a break-and-enter to identity fraud, victims are profoundly affected by crime or trauma and the damage left in its wake. During this week, the RCMP in BC recognizes those who have been victimized by criminal activities and reaffirms our commitment to supporting victims of crime in difficult times.


The Victim Services program has a critical role in the RCMP in British Columbia. The specially trained support workers will come to the scene of a collision, to the hospital if someone is injured in an assault, or go wherever needed to reach a victim of crime as soon as possible. Once there, they provide emotional support during the immediate aftermath and then longer-term assistance in providing information about the status of the investigation and the workings of the Justice system.

“Within our Detachments, we have over 450 Victim Service Coordinators, staff and trained volunteers available to provide critical services to victims and witnesses, family members and others impacted by crime and trauma,” Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass, commanding officer of the RCMP in BC, says. “They ensure that victims receive appropriate, timely and responsive support and I commend them for this stellar service.”

All police members and many civilian employees have direct contact with victims of crime, and all do what they can to provide support in difficult circumstances. While this week is a time to reflect on the impact of crime on the lives of those affected, it is also a time to thank those who work tirelessly to support victims and help them take the needed steps towards recovery.

Click here for more information on the RCMP Victim Services Program in BC.

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