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October 14, 2015
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Announces Federal Award of Nearly $1 Million for Victim Assistance Training
Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced it will receive $930,000 in federal Victims of Crime Act funds to support training for victim advocates and other allied professional in the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and human services fields.
“It is critically important that we have system-wide training on how to assist those who have been victims of crime,” said Chairman Josh Shapiro.  “This funding will allow us to continue our efforts to ensure that advocates and others have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide necessary services to crime victims.”
PCCD intends to collaborate with the PA Chiefs of Police Association and other organizations to design and deliver victim-related web-based trainings utilizing existing technological infrastructures. To date, over 11,400 police officers have taken previously funded web-based courses on domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, stalking and strangulation.  Some of the additional funds will be used to expand the number of courses and prepare advocates and law enforcement on methods to address the needs of victims of newly emerging crimes.
”This funding comes at an opportune time for Pennsylvania as we begin our second phase of a statewide assessment of the needs of crime victims in Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said.  “We are poised to plan, design and deliver trainings that will equip victim advocates to meet the needs of victims in the 21st Century.”
Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Leonard, 717.265.8539
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