Kelowna RCMP are recognizing victims and witnesses of crime and trauma this week, and commending Victim Services personnel, during the eighth annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
The week runs from Sunday, Apr. 21 to Saturday, Apr. 27 and is themed “We All Have a Role.”
“Support to victims comes in many forms, and that many players—including police, Victim Services, justice system personnel, civilian staff, volunteers, partner agencies, community members, and others—take on a role, assisting from all sides, to support victims of crime,” RCMP said in a release issued Monday.
Victim Services has become an integral component of policing services and is staffed by both paid and unpaid employees.
“Our RCMP Victim Services personnel often deal with emotionally charged situations and families in crisis,” said acting RCMP Superintendent Rick Flewelling, officer in charge of the Kelowna RCMP. “Their difficult role provides important support for our regular members and they do so with a level of compassion, respect and professionalism that exemplifies the core values of the RCMP.”
The work these individuals and agencies do to support victims of crime directly contributes to the RCMP’s ultimate goal of keeping communities across BC safe and secure, the statement reads.
“Victim Services recognizes the need for support for those impacted by crime and trauma,” added Shari Wilson, victim services assistant coordinator. “We strive to provide the best possible service to the community with continued support, information and community referrals in an effort to lessen the negative impact of crime and trauma.”