Laredo Police holds National Crime Victim’s Week event
Law enforcement agencies across the nation are spreading awareness on those who have been a victim of crime and all the services that are available to them
LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - The Office of Victim’s of Crime leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week every April.
The Laredo Police Department is just one of the many entities taking part in the nationwide campaign.
On Wednesday, several local agencies joined the Laredo Police Department for an information fair, spreading word of a program they offer to victims of crime.
In light of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, LPD along with Casa De Misericordia, Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN), and the Children’s Advocacy Center joined forces to spread the message that victims have support.
”The message is that people need to know that if they have been a victim of a crime, they have a right to speak up, they have a right to file a police report, they have a right to apply for services that are available to them, being that they have been a victim of a violent crime,” said Norma Garcia, the program coordinator.
The Laredo Police Department has a unit dedicated to supporting victims of crime, and they offer financial assistance for related expenses that can’t be reimbursed by insurance.
They also help with coordinating medical treatment.
”When I call them, and they say, ‘yes, I have a broken arm, I have a broken nose, but I didn’t go to the hospital,’ and I ask, ‘why didn’t you go?’ And they say, ‘because I didn’t have the means to go,’ and they don’t know that this program is available to them,”Garcia said. “Had they known, they would have sought medical treatment having that peace of mind knowing that this program will cover those expenses for them eventually once they come and apply for those services.”
The services through LPD are available to victims who suffer physical or mental harm as a direct result of the crime.
It is not available for those injured in a vehicle accident or for anyone incarcerated when the crime occurred.
The funds come from fees paid by those convicted of a crime.
The LPD Crime Victims Compensation Program is available every day.
Other local agencies, such as Casa De Misericordia which helps domestic violence victims, also encourage people to file reports, seek medical attention and find support.
For more information on the LPD Crime Victims Program, you can call 956-795-3160.
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