Hamilton Police Service Recognized For Victim Assistance Initiative

    Innovative Program Helps Victims Of Domestic Violence

    WATERLOO, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - David Zimmer, Parliamentary Assistant to
the Attorney General, today presented the Hamilton Police Service with a
Victim Assistance Committee Award for its outstanding work with victims of
domestic violence. Zimmer made the presentation on behalf of Attorney General
Michael Bryant.
    "The Hamilton Police Service's High-Risk Domestic Violence Initiative has
made a huge difference in the lives of victims," said Zimmer. "By implementing
this program, the Hamilton Police Service has shown it is on the cutting edge
of developing new and effective strategies to help victims of crime."
    The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Victim Assistance
Committee Award is sponsored by the Ministry of the Attorney General's Ontario
Victim Services Secretariat. The award recognizes contributions made by
Ontario police services in improving the level of support provided to victims
of crime, tragic events or other circumstances, and was handed out at the OACP
annual awards luncheon in Waterloo.
    The High-Risk Domestic Violence Initiative ensures that high-risk
domestic violence cases are responded to in a highly specialized and
coordinated manner. Through the program, the Hamilton Police Service is
increasing safety for both victims of domestic violence and the broader
community, while reducing an offender's ability to re-offend.
    "The Hamilton Police Service is honoured to receive the 2007 Victim
Assistance Committee Award," said Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan. "Our
program has fundamentally changed the way we manage high-risk domestic
violence cases, and we are proud to be recognized as leaders in this field."
    The program is one of many that the McGuinty government, police and
communities are delivering together to enhance public safety. Other examples

    -   Establishing bail blitz teams consisting of police, Crown prosecutors
        and duty counsel working together to expedite the bail court process
        at certain sites for criminal cases
    -   Implementing a $51 million package of initiatives to help police and
        prosecutors get criminals with guns off the street. This investment
        includes a recently opened state-of-the-art provincial operations
        centre that allows for highly coordinated investigations and
        prosecutions of gun and gang-related offences
    -   Providing special training for a team of Crown prosecutors to provide
        legal advice to police and other Crowns on matters related to hate
        crimes, and
    -   Investing $82 million in a comprehensive, four-year Domestic Violence
        Action Plan that emphasizes prevention and enhanced community support
        for abused women and their children.

    "The McGuinty government recognizes the importance of providing community
based services for victims of crime," said Bryant. "Helping victims in their
time of need is an integral and essential part of the healing process. I
congratulate the Hamilton Police Service for their ingenuity in providing this
invaluable support."

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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