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Overview

The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Victim Assistance Unit will offer information and provide referrals to people seeking assistance due to various needs as a result of the crime committed against them. You can contact the victim unit by calling the main police department phone number at (410) 222-8050 and asking for the victim unit or by calling (410) 222-3505, (410) 222-3506 or (410) 222-3507.

 

Programs

  • Minority Youth Advisory Council

    The youth voice is a vital—and often missing—part of conversations in policing and social justice. As such, the Anne Arundel County Police Department is hosting a Minority Youth Advisory Council. One evening a month, Anne Arundel County students age 14-18 will have the opportunity to come together with local law enforcement. Meetings will last approximately 2 hours.

    Each meeting will begin with Police-Youth dialogue rooted in restorative justice, allowing every participant to give voice to their feelings and concerns with the support of the group. This will be followed by a town hall-style forum to address community concerns and needs. Officers will then assist in creating youth-led advocacy projects and recommendations based on identified needs.

    Youth will be encouraged to research and discuss topics of interest to them, and they will receive information on things like restorative practices, trauma, substance abuse prevention, mental health, etc from guest speakers.

    If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, please use the link below to apply. Applications are due no later than close of business on Friday, November 13, 2020.

    For more information please contact:

    Timmeka Perkins, Program Director
    [email protected]
    (410) 222-3163

  • Teen Court Program

    Teen Court is a program that offers teenage offenders an important second chance - a chance to learn from their mistake without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record.

    Teen Court is a real justice program run by teens for teens. Juvenile’s aged 12 through 17 who have committed a misdemeanor crime appear before a jury of their peers. The crime is generally a first offense, and the respondent must admit involvement since this is a disposition (sentencing) hearing only.

    Teen Court is offered as a positive experience to divert a first time teen offender away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as misdemeanor theft, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol to name a few.

    In Teen Court, volunteer teens perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk and jury. The Judge is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings.

    After careful consideration of the facts, the jury deliberates and decides upon a constructive disposition, including a minimum number of community service hours and serving on at least one and up to four teen court juries .The respondent then has 60 days to complete the disposition and have the original charge dismissed. If the disposition is not completed, the case returns to the referring agency, for formal processing. Other sanctions include attending educational programs, and writing essays and apology letters.

    For more information visit the Teen Court website

  • VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
    A free, anonymous, automated telephone service that provides victims of crime with two important services: information and notification. VINE provides you with vital court case and custody information for an offender currently involved in the criminal justice system in Maryland. You can register to receive telephone notification for certain court case and custody status events. Registration can be done by telephone by calling the Maryland Statewide VINE program toll-free at 1-866-MD4VINE (1-866-634-8463) and follow the prompts. You can also register by e-mail by going to www.vinelink.com. If your case goes on to the State’s Attorney’s Office, you want to make sure that you complete the Maryland Crime Victim Notification Request and Demand for Rights Form.
     
    VINE will let you know if the offender is in the detention center, transferred to another location, or released from placement. 
  • Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (MCICB)
    The Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (MCICB) was established to provide financial assistance to Maryland’s crime victims when other resources are not available. Victims or surviving family members of deceased victims may be eligible to be reimbursed for their medical, mental health, and/or funeral expenses and/or lost income resulting from a crime under certain conditions involving physical injury, emotional trauma or death directly related to the crime. For further information and assistance in filing, call or write or contact by Internet:
     
    MD Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
    Suite 206, Plaza Office Center
    6776 Reisterstown Road
    Baltimore, Maryland   21215-2340
     
    Local: (410) 585-3010
    TTY-TTD: 1-800-735-2258
    Toll Free Number: 1-888-679-9347
     
  • Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line
    You can call 1-866-559-8017 (toll free) to find out if a registered sex offender has moved into a certain area. Call the alert line and enter your phone number and zip code. When the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services receives notice that a registered sex offender is moving into that area, you will receive a notification call. Then you will be directed to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry at www.socem.info for more information. The Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line will send you a phone call when a convicted sex offender moves into your zip code area if you do the above steps.
  • The Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program
    This program prevents perpetrators of domestic violence from using public records to find their victims.  The program is designed to make it harder for attackers to find their victims, empowers the state to establish a substitute address for those who have suffered abuse so they can apply for driver’s licenses or register to vote without revealing where they live. The service allows victims to have their mail sent to the dummy address and then forwarded to their homes. More information can be obtained by going to www.marylandsos.gov or call 1-800-633-9657, extension 3875
  • Other Useful Websites
    Maryland Attorney General's Office - Victim Services or call (410) 576-6405 or 1-888-743-0023
     
    The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc. 
    Offers advice and referral services, and a Crime Victim Legal Advocacy Program.
    Call 1-877-VICTIM-1 or 1-877-842-8461.

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