Victim Services

Overview
The Department is committed to the preservation and protection of the rights of crime victims and witnesses. The Department recognizes that many innocent people suffer economic loss, injury or death due to criminal acts. For more information contact Captain Arnold Freeman, (480) 982.8260.

Realizing that victims and witnesses need to be treated with fairness, compassion, respect and dignity, and be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse, the Department developed a Victim Services Program.

Victim Services Auxiliary members respond to incidents as needed. The Auxiliary members assist officers by providing resource information, transportation, personal assistance and sympathy. Auxiliary members may respond to crisis situations at a crime scene, in the home or at the hospital. At times children are the victims and volunteers are called to care for them as well.

Contact with victims by telephone, mail or in person will be made after the initial crisis to ensure they have appropriate information on how to reach professional agencies, self-support groups and other community organizations for support.

Assignments
  • On-call status for potential victim services
  • Training and meetings
  • Provide victims with referral information
  • Assistance for victim's family when necessary
  • Assist Patrol and/or Investigation Divisions with victims' needs, i.e. transportation, shelter, food, etc., when necessary
  • Assist victims of domestic violence
Post-Intervention
Once a perpetrator is charged with a crime and is facing prosecution, please refer to Victim Advocate page for further assistance.