This year, April 6 – 12, 2014 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme this year is “30 Years – Restoring the Balance of Justice”. Lakeland Police Department is committed to helping victims of crimes in our community in a variety of ways:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week availability of staff or volunteers to go to crime scenes, hospital, or other designated locations
Crisis Intervention - at the crime scene or the hospital
Assistance with completing restitution request
Criminal court orientation
Transportation for services related to the initial victimization
Assistance with filing victim compensation claims
Assistance with property return
Accompaniment to line-ups
Interviews and photo pack review
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “About 50 percent of violent crimes are not reported, and only a fraction of victims receive the help they need.” We are working to assist all victims of crime in our community and provide information on the resources available. If you become a victim of crime, you want to know what your rights are and where you can go for assistance, Lakeland Police Department Victim Assistance personnel are there to help.
For more information on Victim Compensation, visit www.myfloridalegal.com.