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Victim Services
Victim Services Unit The Broomfield Police Department is a community oriented police department that supports the Victim Services Unit and offers a wide range of services to help prevent crime and resolve problems. The Victim Services Unit was established as part of the Broomfield Police Department in 1987. Its purpose is to assist victims, witnesses, and their families who are in crisis after a crime or a traumatic event. As part of the Victim Services Unit, Victim advocates can assist crime victims and witnesses by providing support as they transition through their criminal justice process as well as helping them understand their rights as crime victims, and suggest the appropriate community referrals and resources.

After a crime, victims and witnesses often feel alone, isolated, helpless, and unable to reach out for assistance. A victim advocate can help victims and witnesses by providing:

Volunteer Victim Advocate Recruitment

The Broomfield Police Department needs volunteers to work as victim advocates.  The Victim Services Unit provides assistance and support to crime victims in trauma from violent crime, death, fires, and other traumatic incidents where that may be required.  Advocates are on-call for 12-hour or 24-hour shifts, four times per month.  Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

Applications are now being accepted for volunteer victim advocates.  Volunteers will be required to attend a 40-hour training in the fall.  The training will be held on four Tuesday and Thursday evenings and two Saturdays.  If you are interested in helping people in your community, please contact Victim Services Coordinator Maureen Testa at 303-438-6429 for an application.

Applications will be accepted through September 19, 2015.  See the attached Fall 2015 Victim Advocate Job Announcement for further details.  A supplemental application form and Authorization to Release Information form is also required.

Crisis Intervention & Follow-Up


Advocates can assist in sorting through the confusing feelings victims may experience immediately following a crime or traumatic event, as well as later on.  Advocates can help a victim manage one part of the problem at a time and regain control.

Resources and Referrals
 
Advocates use community resources, as well as the victim's own resources, to help build a network of support. Many resources are available in the community, including, but not limited to: financial assistance, victim compensation funds; counseling; legal resources; medical resources; transportation; household assistance; child care; assistance in dealing with creditors, employers, and landlords; services for victims with special needs; and translation services.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime and need assistance, please call the Victim Services Unit.

ICE Victim Notification Program

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed.  HSI administers the Victim Notification Program, which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody.  Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.  Please visit http://www.ice.gov/victim-notification/ for more information.

Did You Know...

that two new laws on Revenge Porn went into effect on July 1, 2014?

What is Revenge Porn?

It is the criminalization of the posting or sharing of (sexually explicit) private images or video publically shared over the Internet of an individual over the age of 18 without their consent. This includes posting or distributing the images on any media site or any other web site with the intent to harass, humiliate, cause serious emotional distress, or intimidate the person depicted in the picture or video. This can also include any picture or video in which the victim was unaware they were being photographed or filmed. Revenge Porn is defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) as these two crimes:

Posting a Private Image for Harassment. C.R.S. 18-7-107. A person commits a crime when he or she posts or publishes a private image for harassment if he or she posts or distributes through the use of social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person 18 years of age or older: with the intent to harass the depicted person and inflict serious emotional distress upon the depicted person; without the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private; and the conduct results in serious emotional distress of the depicted.

AND

Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain. (C.R.S.) 18-7-108. A person who is 18 years of age or older commits the offense of posting a private image for pecuniary (monetary) gain if he or she posts or distributes through social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person eighteen years of age or older: with the intent to obtain a pecuniary benefit from any person as a result of the posting, viewing, or removal of the private image; and when the actor has not obtained the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private.

These crimes are defined as Class 1 Misdemeanors and the court shall fine the defendant up to $10,000. Along with any other sentence the court may impose; upon conviction, the court must order the defendant or the entity where the photos are posted or published to remove the photographs from the Internet.

Victims of the crime of Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain may seek civil remedies that include actual damages as a result of the posting of their private image and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.