Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $277,762)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program, is to develop or enhance and sustain crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies and better coordinate services to victims to more quickly and more effectively serve the victim assistance and compensation needs of all crime victims and inform them of their rights as crime victims.
Under this project, the Baltimore County Police Department will establish a Victim Services Program. Baltimore County will ensure that victims of crime and their families receive trauma-informed care in a fair and respectful manner from Police Department personnel, and its collaborative community-based service providers. Program effectiveness will be measured by the collection of data on progress towards the goal of implementing a comprehensive victim services program and individual objectives that include hiring a qualified victim services manager, assessing current efforts, and identifying community-based service providers.