Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $450,000)
Through the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victims Services and Technical Assistance Program, OVC seeks to support projects that will develop or enhance and sustain direct victim assistance service programs within law enforcement-based systems and better coordinate partnerships with community-based programs to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime victims. Funding under this program will support direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim service programs.
With this award, The City of Chattanooga Police Department will hire a Crisis Response Advocate to provide an in-the-field response with the officers from its Neighborhood Policing Bureau (Patrol) and will build upon the work that has been accomplished through the Enhancing Law Enforcements Response to Victims (ELERV) and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) grants. This expansion of services will not only fill the current gap that exists in its Patrol but it will also allow for officers to have additional exposure to the concepts of victim-centered services and trauma-informed care through daily interaction and collaboration with advocates while on patrol.