The Oklahoman: Oklahoma City police chief receives national victims' rights award

Published: April 14, 2018

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty

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Oklahoma City police Chief Bill Citty received the U.S. Justice Department’s Allied Service Award at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony Friday in Washington, D.C.

Citty was among honorees recognized as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Citty said earlier this week the award noted work the Police Department has done for crime victims and, in particular, its role in the Family Justice Center.

The Family Justice Center collects under one roof an array of services for domestic violence victims, sexual assault victims and victims of stalking. Services and agencies represented include police and prosecutors, counseling, health care, social workers, children’s protective services and legal aid.

The Family Justice Center opened a year ago at 1140 N Hudson Ave., in a former NorthCare facility. The Family Justice Center is named Palomar, after a knot regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable knots in fishing, for securing a fishing line to a hook. Its programs include Camp Hope, a camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma.

In a written statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Citty “has been a champion for victims of crime. I applaud his dedication to victims and I am grateful for his tireless service on their behalf.”

Friday’s ceremony recognized a dozen individuals and organizations for work on behalf of crime victims.

The Justice Department observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year in April.

Family Justice Center

Domestic violence and sexual assault victims can access a broad array of services at Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center. Learn more at http://palomarokc.wpengine.com/ or by calling 552-1010.