Adult and youth probation officers, members of Durham Regional Police, Crown Attorneys and members of the Victim Witness Assistance Program gathered in Whitby to discuss their approach when working with victims.
The professional development day was hosted by the Probation Officers Association of Ontario (POAO) and attended by 66 professionals in the area of victim services. POAO VP Kimberly Ridgers says the day-long event is one of several being held across the province. She says the educational days are one of 20 recommendations that came out of a research project aimed at improving relations with victims, the justice system and community partners.
The forum heard from Chief Mike Ewles who spoke about the many benefits of credible community partnerships. “They can really make a huge difference in the areas of justice, victim services, youth diversion and restorative justice,” he says. “Our police service works hard, in partnership with our community agencies, to find credible solutions to our issues.”
Throughout the day the group heard from the Durham Regional Police Domestic Violence Bail Safety Program (BSP), members dealing with Youth Diversion and Restorative Justice, members of the Victim Witness Assistance Program, POAO members, a victim of crime and members of Luke’s Place.
Other DRP members in attendance were Cst. Steve Crittenden of the BSP and Cst. Debbie Knight and Joanne Fulford of Restorative Justice.
Established in 1952, the Probation Officers Association of Ontario (POAO) is a voluntary non-profit organization representing the professional interests of the Probation Officers and Probation and Parole Officers across Ontario.
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