Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services Unit Honored

CBRPD Victim Service Unit (VSU) has been named a 2022 Honorary Awardee for the National Organization for Victim Assistance’s Tadini Bacigalupi Jr. Award. This status is given to programs with unwavering dedication to supporting victims of crime.

 “Since we began this work, we’ve made victim assistance a top priority,” stated Chief Karl Knott. “This award validates the hard work and commitment our Victim Specialists demonstrate on a daily basis for victims of crime.”

The VSU was established in 2019, a collaborative effort between CBRPD, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township and Plumstead Police Departments. The program is funded through a grant provided by the Office of Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.

The VSU has served over 900 victims of crime assisting victims to navigate the judicial system, accompany them through the police interview process, provide support and notification of court proceedings, link victims to community resources, and advise them of their rights as a victim.

The award is named for a San Francisco lawyer who was a founding member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance’s Board.  Bacigalupi devoted much of his later life to promoting volunteer programs in criminal justice and working to ensure the continued success of the organization.

Congratulations to Victim Specialist Supervisor Liz Leone and Victim Specialist Karen Edwards for your extraordinary compassion and ingenuity in helping victims begin to heal in the aftermath of crime.