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Okanagan RCMP provide support for victims of crime

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April 22, 2013 - 10:42 AM

As part of the 8th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (April 21 to 27) Kelowna RCMP commend their Vicitms Services division. The staff and volunteers play a supportive role assisting those impacted by crime and trauma.

"Our RCMP Victim Services personnel often deal with emotionally charged situations and families in crisis," said acting superintendent Rick Flewelling, officer in charge of the Kelowna RCMP. "Their difficult role provides important support for our regular members and they do so with a level of compassion, respect and professionalism that exemplifies the core values of the RCMP."

The Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services is managed by the RDCO police services manager, Cary Berger, and services are provided by three paid staff and three volunteers. Regular services are provided Monday through Saturday but victim services staff are available 24/7 for police requested crisis response.

All services are provided free of charge and include:

    Emotional support;
    Police requested crisis response;
    Information on the status of the police investigation and the progress of the case through the court system;
    Information on how the criminal justice system works;
    Assistance completing Crime Victim Assistance compensation forms;
    Assistance completing Victim Impact Statements;
    Referral to appropriate social, legal, financial, counseling and other needed services; and
    Court updates and court orientation for witnesses who are required to testify.

To access victim support services, please contact the Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services at 250-470-6242. If you require additional information, please contact VictimLINK, a provincial toll free victim support line at 1-800-563-0808.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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