Chief Mike Ewles attended the annual general meeting of Victim Services of Durham Region Wednesday night and praised the group for making an important difference in the lives of many crime victims.
In their last fiscal year, the agency helped over 1,400 people get through tragedies in their lives, from domestic assaults to robberies and theft incidents. The non-profit agency also recruited and trained over 30 new volunteers to help with the delivery of services 24/7 via the Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service (VCARS).
Chief Ewles praised the great work being done by the agency and pledged the continued full support of the Durham Regional Police Service.
"Our focus must be on victims of crime," he said, "We have to support them and we can't allow the system to victimize them again. Your efforts show that Durham Region is a caring community."
"On behalf of the almost 1300 men and women of our Service, thank you for providing this incredible service to our community and for being there when the phone rings."
Police officers can turn to the VSDR when dealing with victims of crime as part of an investigation. Volunteers often attend police stations or even the residences of victims and offer support services, helping victims get through a very difficult, confusing and stressful time in their lives.
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