Local Police Officer Helps Pool Funding And Collaboration To Aid Crime Victims

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. File photo

Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk has worked to pool funding and community collaboration for National Crime Victims’ Rights week – April 2-8.

“This project is supported by a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,” Girmendonk said.

The goal of the grant is to provide education and outreach to meet the three areas:

  • Strength through response and by support;
  • Resilience through overcoming challenges of healing; and
  • Finding resources and Justice through collective community healing and help.

Project partners include; Los Alamos Social Services, Los Alamos Teen Court, Self Help, Inc, Smith’s Marketplace, Family Strengths Network, First Born Program, JudyGail’s Place, Los Alamos Family Council, Los Alamos Medical Center, Community Against Violence, Taos, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, Santa Fe, NM Crisis and Access Line and the Los Alamos Police Department.

“I wanted to help people, and to help make the community I work in a safe place to live,” said Girmendonk, LAPD’s 2016 Officer of the Year. “Thanks to all the agencies in Los Alamos and surrounding counties that are working hard to assist survivors of all types of crime.”

Girmendonk is especially thankful to both local Smith’s locations for hosting community outreach for volunteers to promote services that can help victims of all ages and related to all crimes navigate the justice system, discover if compensation is available, create safety plans, know their legal rights and cope with the impact of a crime. Volunteers are available 1-5 p.m., Friday at both locations.

For more information, call the victim assistant line at 505.663.3511. Note: a police report is not required to receive information. There are many local resources, including Self Help, Inc., which can provide a list of local agencies to contact depending on need.

Those wishing to utilize resources outside of the community can always call the “Warmline,” staffed by the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1.855.4NM.7100 or 1.855.466.7100. The Warmline is designed for those needing to talk but not in a crisis situation. The line has peer supports available to speak with 3:30-11:30 p.m. daily and may be utilized by the caller for themselves or those seeking advice for a friend.