We’d like to acknowledge and thank the Las Cruces Police Dept Victim Advocates for their dedication and commitment to aiding victims. Their co-sponsorship of the National Crime Victims Rights Walk/Expo was invaluable and we look forward to partnering with them in future events. Here is more information about the unit:
The Las Cruces Police Department Victim Assistance Program is to provide an array of comprehensive services, in collaboration with Patrol officers, Traffic Officers, Criminal Investigation Division detectives, and other agencies. We are to assist a victim of crime and their families while expediting services and assuring a safe environment.
The Las Cruces Police Department Victim Assistance Program was first established in September, 1993 under the VOCA (Victims’ of Crime Act) Grant. It was the first police-based victim assistance program in the State of New Mexico. It was considered a pilot program until 1997 when it became a model for the state.
In 1998 the Program was relocated into the main station of the Police Department and became known as the Victim Assistance Unit. Several years later a satellite office was opened within the A. Fielder Safe Haven, designated Weed and Seed site.
The Las Cruces Police Department Victim Assistance Unit will concentrate on Victims of felony offenses that are non-prosecutorial and misdemeanor class I and II cases. Each and every victim of these crimes will be provided with crisis intervention at the time the call for assistance by a police officer occurs, financial assistance through the New Mexico Crime Victim’s Reparation Commission; services as needed through collaboration with other community agencies, and guidance through the steps of the Criminal Justice System.
1. Respond to a victim either on scene, or in the station offices
2. Make contact with all victims that are listed on a police report, either by phone or letter
3. Referrals to other agencies as needs are assessed, i.e.; La Casa, La Pinon, New Mexico Crime Victim’s Reparation Commission, etc.
4. Assistance with court forms and other documentation as needed by the victim
5. Attending criminal proceedings to all levels of court with the victim
6. Provided transportation to and from court, lawyers offices, or doctors offices as needed for cases assigned to the Unit.
7. Short term child care for interviews by officers or detectives or court appearances
8. Visiting victims in medical facilities to offer assistance if a case has been opened, or we are requested to do so by an officer or detective.
9. Providing information in English and Spanish on all community resources
10. Provide emotional support to the victim through the police interview or court proceedings
11. Providing a translator for non-English speaking victims
12. Sponsoring awareness trainings to the community about victims assistance services,
13. Providing training to LCPD Law Enforcement Academy and agencies that request our training presentations.