CACP Bulletin

Spring 2016

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T he CACP congratulates Mr. Peter Lamrinakos, Chief Inspector, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (Rtd) on being invested into the Order of Merit. We regret the omission of Mr. Lambrinakos' name in the list of CACP recipients published in the January, 2016 issue of the Canadian Police Chief magazine. Mr. Panagiotis (Peter) Lambrinakos, Chief Inspector, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal was invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces on October, 5, 2015 by His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec. Prioritizing victims' rights As Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, I am privileged to hear from victims about their stories of strength and resiliency in facing the harm they have suffered as a result of the crime committed against them. Often, I also hear about the harm they have suffered, not only as a result of the crime, but also as a result of their experi- ence with the criminal justice system. The CVBR is an important tool to help protect victims of crime from this type of re-victimization. In my view, it can contribute not only to favorable outcomes in police investigations and court proceedings, but also to improving Canadians' confidence in the criminal justice system overall. A stronger focus on victims through the effective implementation of the CVBR will provide victims with greater access to information, participation, protection and restitution, and is crucial to creating better outcomes for victims, and therefore society as a whole. For this reason, I urge police services to continue to familiarize their members with the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, and to make victims' rights a priority within your organizations with an the overall goal of making them "real" in your community. The following questions provide a good basis for making this determination: • Are there protocols in place that translate victims' rights from theory to practice? • Are there procedures to ensure that victims are informed of their rights? • Are there policies and protocols designating how victims' rights will be provided and protected? I would also like to thank the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and the CACP Victims Committee in particular, for their important work in continuing to advance victims' issues and priorities. 8 CACP Spring 2016 Order of Merit of the Police Forces OTHER FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME The Policy Centre for Victim Issues The Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) implements the Federal Victim Strategy, the objective of which is to give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. PCVI develops policy and criminal law reform, administers the Victims Fund, and broadly shares information about issues of importance to victims of crime. The National Office for Victims The National Office for Victims (NOV) is a central resource that offers information to victims, and also provides input on policy and legislative initiatives, education about victims' issues for members of the criminal justice system, and networking and support to the Correctional Service of Canada and the Parole Board of Canada. NOV operates a toll-free number line (1-866-525-0554), which victims may call to obtain information about victim services available in Canada.

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