Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $431,726)
The purpose of this award, funded under the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program for the tribal portion of the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program, is to develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians will integrate effective, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed practices into the Red Cliff Law Enforcement Department that ensure victims of crime are treated with fairness and respect; are notified of their rights; provided with updates on their cases; and given the information and referrals they need to address the traumatic impact of victimization. This will be accomplished by hiring a Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist to provide direct services to victims of crime ensuring continuity of care for their needs. This is a new position to fill a gap in service that has never been implemented before. It will provide victim case management within the police department and referrals to victim serving agencies both inside and outside Red Cliff tribal government operations. This Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist (LEVS) will create a critical link and continuity of care for victims that Red Cliff police officers currently are not able to provide.