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Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement
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        NCJ 232748

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Core Elements and Challenges

Tools for Success

To begin operation and institutionalization of their victim services programs, law enforcement agencies at the sites used the following:

  • Written materials in multiple languages.
  • Publicity tools, such asĀ  public service announcements and paid advertisements for print, radio, Internet, television, and billboards; promotional items; regular newspaper columns; and Web sites.
  • Memorandums of understanding among agencies.
  • Policies and operational procedures for officers and victim services staff.
  • Procedures to encourage officers to comply with policy changes, such as requiring them to document on the incident report that they gave the victim a victims' rights brochure.
  • Databases for tracking the victim services provided and other case information.
  • Needs assessment and evaluation methods and tools.