The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is committed to assisting local law enforcement in providing the best possible service to victims of crime. This page provides an overview of some of the ongoing initiatives at NSA, as well as current information on crime victim issues, events, and resources.
For further inquiry, contact Tim Woods, NSA Director of Government Contracts.
Free Training. Community of Responders: A Holistic Approach to Working with Survivors of Abuse. July 29 – 30, New Orleans. This training will focus on responding to immigrant survivors in a trauma informed manner. Training topics include: best practices for working with immigrant survivors in rural communities; interviewing immigrant sexual assault survivors; U and T Visas as crime fighting tools; language access at crime scenes and removing language as a barrier to justice. To view the entire agenda, click here. The training is open to law enforcement, attorneys/prosecutors, and victim advocates; but registration is limited to no more than two attendees from each agency. To register, click here. For more information, contact Rocio Molina at 240-480-6378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The training is being offered by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) of the American University Washington College of Law, with funding from the Office on Violence Against Women.
The Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
, the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It includes strategies to strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration and thereby increase victim identification, enhance delivery of services to all victims and support victim-centered investigation and prosecution strategies. Written by leading practitioners in law enforcement, prosecution, and victim services, the e-guide
is regularly updated with new tools, trainings, resources, and more case examples.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed four companion documents to help law enforcement agencies implement its Office for Victims of Crime funded Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims initiative. Volume #1, a 21st Century Strategy, introduces state, local, and tribal law enforcement leaders to the benefits, challenges, methods, and responsibilities for enhancing their response to victims of crime. Volume #2, the Implementation Guide, outlines the steps to implement the Strategy. Volume #3, the Resource Toolkit, provides templates to aid in the implementation of these steps. And Volume #4, the online Training Supplemental presents law enforcement agencies with content that can be customized to provide every agency employee, from recruit to executive, with specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to better respond to crime victims. For more information, visit www.responsetovictims.org
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) releases Enhancing Community Policing with Immigrant Populations (April 2010). NSA and the COPS Office partnered to host a national roundtable discussion of law enforcement leaders and immigrant advocates that developed recommendations for enhancing community policing, including police training and police education, to ensure equity in the delivery of law enforcement services to immigrant populations. This report documents that roundtable discussion and recommendations.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement
(April 2009). This publication explores creative and economical ways for rural law enforcement agenciescomprised of sheriffs, deputies, and police to meet the needs of victims at the crime scene and during follow-up contact. Based on the experiences of 17 sites that received OVC funding to establish or enhance crime victim assistance efforts in their law enforcement agencies, the publication: Reviews the grant project; Highlights site activities; Identifies core elements and challenges of rural law enforcement-based victim service programs; and Offers a blueprint for rural law enforcement agencies interested in initiating their own victim services efforts.
Other Crime Victim Resources
NSA's First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook and Roll Call Video. Available from the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at (800) 851-3420.