Victims and Survivors of Crime week, November 14-20th
appreciation OPP Officers in helping victims
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~ November 18, 2021 (LSNews) On November 17, 2021, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Victim Specialist Shannon O'Keefe invited local Victim Service groups to show officers from the Thunder Bay OPP Detachment their appreciation in helping victims and survivors of crime as well as meeting the people who provide the victim services.
In honour of Victims and Survivors of Crime week, November 14-20th, members of the OPP Northwest Regional Headquarters and of the OPP Thunder Bay Detachment mingled with the Attorney General, Victim/Witness Assistance Program and the Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services staff.
The goal of this week is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs and laws in place to help them and their families.
The Ontario Provincial Police believe it is important that victims of crime have a voice. As such they have created the Victim Specialist position. This civilian position engages throughout the North West Region with victims of serious crimes.
The role of this position is to be the point of contact during the investigative process to keep victims engaged and informed as well as helping victims get the help and support they require within the community to begin the healing process.
The Victim Specialist Program and other local victim services are crucial when it comes to supporting victims and survivors of crime and the officers make these connections possible.
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