The Arapahoe County Victims Assistance Program

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On November 5, 2015, I had the opportunity to meet Peg Sale, a volunteer victims advocate from the Arapahoe County Victims Assistance Program and a member of my community. The Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department provides primary law enforcement and victims assistance services for the towns located along the I-70 corridor in unincorporated Arapahoe County as well as the cities of Cherry Hills Village, Cherry Creek State Park and the Bow Mar/ Columbine Valley. Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department is also contracted with the city of Centennial to provide primary law enforcement and victims assistance and provides back up and agency assists for other agencies within the county and neighboring jurisdictions. The Arapahoe County Sheriffs Departments …show more content…
Sale is a very dedicated volunteer within the victims assistance program and provides help to citizens who have been victimized or otherwise traumatized within our community at the initial onset of the crisis. Volunteers may be at a residence, providing crisis intervention to the parents of a runaway teen, in a high school classroom talking about dating violence, or accompanied by a uniformed deputy making a death notification. After the initial contact is made by the volunteer, a report is made and given to the staff (paid) advocates. The victims case will then be reviewed and evaluated in order to find what other continued assistance may be needed. The victims assistance program consists of one coordinator, two staff advocates and community volunteers. The programs mission is comprised of two parts, to provide support to the victims and their families during the chaos following a traumatic event. They are resourceful and able to assess a situation so that the best possible assistance may be provided to the victims. Secondly, members assist with the emotional needs of the victim and family so that deputies, investigators and other emergency personnel may perform their duties. Program members serve as liaison between the victim and the people who are responsible for investigating the

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