The Victim Assistance Program of the Farmington Police Department (FPD) consists of one full-time victim advocate, a detective, and a part-time victim liaison. The program provides services for crime victims, trainings for law enforcement and the greater community, and participates in various multidisciplinary groups.
Victim Advocate The victim advocate provides system-based advocacy services for victims of violent crimes, with a majority being domestic violence and sexual assault. These services include the following:
Acting as liaisons between victims and the criminal justice system (communication)
Informing victims of their rights and advocating for those rights
Explaining the criminal justice process
Informing victims of court dates
Assisting victims with statements at sentencing
Assisting victims with obtaining orders of protection
Shelter placement/victim relocation
Assisting victims with Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC) application process
Providing support during court hearings, safehouse interviews, depositions, etc.
Arranging for transportation to court proceedings or other related appointments
Victim Liaison The victim liaison conducts follow-up calls with victims of non-violent crimes.