Violent crime has the potential to change the course of a person’s life. Crime impacts victims, witnesses, families, and entire communities. The Victim Services Squad (VSS) of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) was established in order to ensure the fair, compassionate, and sensitive treatment of victims and witnesses of crime. The VSS supports crime victims and witnesses by helping them to navigate the criminal justice system and by responding to their emotional, physical, and financial needs. The LMPD guarantees that victims and witnesses of crime are treated with respect and dignity and afforded rights and services designed to address the specifics of their victimization. These free services are available to help victims cope with the trauma and the aftermath of victimization and to lessen the inconveniences often associated with participation in the criminal justice process.
Crime victims and witnesses have certain rights under Kentucky’s Crime Victim Bill of Rights (KRS 421.500 ‐ 575). These rights include:
This information is intended to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime are informed of their rights and treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. These rights keep victims and witnesses informed of:
These rights also ensure that victims and witnesses are present and heard at critical stages of the criminal justice process.