CCSO Enhances Services for Crime Victims
DATE: April 19, 2021
CONTACT: Janelle Love
Media Relations Office
301-609-6538 or 301-848-4799
CCSO Introduces New Victim Services Program
With Enhanced Services for Victims of Crime
Sheriff Troy Berry is proud to announce that, with the recent hire of a new Victim/Witness Services Coordinator, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will be offering improved services for victims and witnesses of crimes. “Connecting people in our community to the resources available to them, especially victims of crimes, has always been a priority for the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Berry. “We look forward to providing more services for the people who need them.”
Ms. Jessica Foster, a Towson graduate who previously served as a Child Life Specialist at Children’s National Health System and as Bereavement Coordinator for Calvert Hospice, is stepping into her new role as the CCSO’s Victim/Witness Services Coordinator. “My goal in joining CCSO is to build on the resiliency of our community and help to develop a valuable support service for victims of crime,” said Ms. Foster. “I hope to serve as a trusted guide to the many local, state, and national resources that are available, and collaborate with local agencies and victim services professionals to continue to enhance available support services.”
The Victim Services Unit will provide immediate support for victims and/or witnesses at the scene of the crime, provide emotional support following a traumatic event or during an investigation, explain victims’ rights and the processes of the criminal justice system, assist with providing emergency needs, and guiding victims to appropriate resources. To reach the Victim Services Unit directly, contact Ms. Jessica Foster at (301) 609-6423 or Fosterjl@ccso.us.
The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com.