Council considers grant to help crime victims

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Pearland City Council is considering continued participation in the Criminal Justice Division – General Victim Assistance Direct Services Grant Program at their June meeting.

The purpose of the program is to provide grant funding to support services and assistance directly to victims of crime to assist in their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process.

The City has operated a Crime Victims Assistance program since 2002, having a liaison at the Pearland Police Department.

The liaison informs victims about police procedures, community resources and available programs that will assist victims after a crime. The liaison also responds to after-hours emergencies.

Funding will cover the salaries and benefits for two years of two full-time Crime Victim Liaisons that currently provide these services in the Pearland Police Department.

Currently the City receives an annual allocation of $70,509 that has covered 63-64 percent of the cost of two Crime Victim Liaisons. The grant awards have been adjusted for two years of funding, and the new grant will be Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2019. This will provide $268,894 for 100 percent of the personnel costs for this two-year period.

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