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Partnership project between Châteauguay police and CAVAC

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013

The Châteauguay Police department is pleased to announce the setting up of a pilot partnership project in collaboration with the Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC) in the Montérégie. The project envisages the creation of a service point at the premises of the Police department as of November 5, 2013.

Over the past few years, several studies, including some that were centred on victims of crime, showed the need to review the services rendered to crime victims. It was with this in mind that CAVAC – a community organization serving victims of crime and the judicial system since 1988 – is setting up a pilot partnership project that will eventually extend to include Kahnawake and the Mohawk Peacekeepers.

This pilot project is aimed at improving policing services offered to victims of crime in the Montérégie. As a result, a CAVAC victim service agent will be stationed at the premises of the Châteauguay Police department (situated at 55, Maple Boulevard). The role of the agent will be, among others, to inform police officers, sensitize them about the importance of a prompt and adequate intervention with victims, to consider victims as a priority and serve as a quick reference to various community and institutional stakeholders. 

“The setting up of such a project will encourage an approach that is better suited to victims of crime among police officers and investigators of our department” explains Stéphane Fleury, director of the Châteauguay Police department.

The presence of a service agent for crime victims in the Police department will enable victims to have direct access to services offered by CAVAC. 

These services include the following:

•  post-traumatic and psychosociolegal intervention;

•  information on the rights and remedies of crime victims, including the Victims Compensation Program (IVAC);

•  technical assistance to fill out forms;

•  referring victims to specialized services (legal, medical, social and community resources, etc.);

•  accompanying victims through the legal maze throughout the entire legal process.

The service agent will tour the various partners and community organizations as soon as he takes up duties at the Police department. 

“In addition, steps have already been taken with people in the communauty of Kahnawake to create possible partnerships and offer services within their community” explains Catherine Cartier, executive director of CAVAC in the Montérégie.

For more information on this pilot project, contact:

Mr. René Beauchemin, Inspector, at 450.698.3203 (Châteauguay Police department)

Mrs Catherine Cartier, Executive director, 450.670.3400 (CAVAC)

Last update: 2013-10-31 15:12

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