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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br /> OPS-04 <br />Effective Date Revision Date Last Review Date <br />Page 1 of 12 <br />12-23-2002 03-15-2022 03-2022 <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE: <br /> <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for victim <br />service activities through the provision of information and advocacy services by the <br />Victim Assistance Unit of the Surprise Police Department. The program provides <br />victim assistance to the community of Surprise. <br /> <br />II. POLICY: <br /> <br />The policy of the Surprise Police Department is to ensure that victims of crime are <br />afforded the needed emotional support and referrals to minimize the effects of their <br />victimization, and those witnesses to crime receive professional handling consistent <br />with their important investigative and prosecution roles. <br /> <br />III. DEFINITIONS: (55.1.1.a) <br /> <br />TERM DEFINITION <br />Criminal Offense <br />misdemeanors and felony crimes will be afforded the <br />same constitutional and statutory rights as describes in <br />this chapter. <br />Victim Arizona defines a victim as a person against whom a <br />criminal offense has been committed or, if the person is <br />killed or incapacitated (as a result of the criminal act), the <br />guardian, or other lawful representative, except if the <br />person is in custody for an offense or is the accused. <br />Where the victim is incapacitated, the assigned <br />officer/detective will make reasonable attempts to contact <br />the lawful representative, as outlined in this paragraph, <br />as soon as possible to notify of the incident and provide <br />the Victims Rights Form (VRF). In the case of a mutual <br />arrest, the VRF should be issued to any person listed as <br />a victim, regardless of the arrest/custody status. <br />Although they can exercise no rights while in custody, <br />some of those rights may apply at a later time. (55.1.1.a) <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />