The Victim Assistant, a civilian police employee, assists a victim very soon after an officer responds to a scene, especially if the victim has need of emergency services such as issues of personal safety, emergency shelter, or crisis counseling.
Victim Assistants may also offer information, accompaniment to court or to offices of other agencies. Referrals for additional needs such as counseling, medical care, support groups and compensation are given to victims, as needed.
The Takoma Park Police Department is committed to the fair compassionate and sensitive treatment of crime victims. We will ensure that victims are afforded reasonable protection and the information to assist with coping and recovering from the effects of crime.