Crime victims to receive support from VSP with new federal grant award

State News

The Vermont State Police is hiring a new victim services specialist to work with people who have experienced the trauma of a crime, helping victims and witnesses navigate challenging circumstances and access needed resources while cases are under investigation.

The new position, housed in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI), is the result of the receipt of a competitive $450,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

The federal dollars will support the victim services specialist for three years.

“The victim services specialist is there to help crime victims and to guide them through what can be difficult investigations,” BCI commander Capt. Jeremy Hill said. “During the period of time when a case is being investigated by the Vermont State Police, victims will have access to a trained civilian staff member who can provide education, resources and referrals to necessary support.”