Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $275,125)
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.
The City of Auburn Police will fund one FTE Victim Specialist who will be located in the Auburn Police Department (APD), charged with developing and executing a coordinated response program and expansion of services for crime victims. The City will subcontract with Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc., (CCS) to employ the Victim Specialist. Cayuga Counseling Services comes with years of victim service provision experience and will provide ongoing guidance and training to support the new APD Victim Specialist position. The program will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day using a crisis hotline and on-call services. By bringing together victim services and law enforcement and providing ongoing training and promoting collaborations between the two entities, CCS will ensure the services available are responsive to the needs of crime victims, assessments of services are ongoing, and identify service gaps and enhance service delivery.