County Councilor Chris Chandler, center, presents a crime victims’ rights week proclamation to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Los Alamos County Councilor proclaimed April 2-8 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The proclamation states that between 2015 and the first half of 2016, while violent crime in the nation increased 5.3 percent, Los Alamos experienced an 11.4 percent decrease in violent crime and property crime.
WHEREAS Only 55 percent of serious violent victimizations and 35 percent of property victimizations were reported to police nationwide in 2015; and
WHEREAS: Victims and survivors of crime across America need and deserve consistent access to support and assistance to help them cope with the short and long-term consequences of crime; and
WHEREAS: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 2-8, 2017 is an important time to join together across our community, state and nation to celebrate the theme of ‘Strength, Resilience, Justice’; and
WHEREAS We support this theme in Los Alamos: we provide strength to victims and survivors by offering services and support that are accessible, culturally competent, victim-centered and trauma-informed; we promote victim/survivor resilience by offering victims voices, choices and options for assistance and support; and we recognize as a community that justice is not served until crime victims are;
NOW THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Week of April 2-8, 2017 as “CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK” in Los Alamos County, with honor for those who are crime victims or survivors, and with respect for those who serve them.