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Information & Resources for Law Enforcement

CalVCB and law enforcement share a mission to help victims of crime recover and heal. It is important for law enforcement to make victims aware of the resources available to them and how to apply for assistance.

California Government Code section 13962, subdivision (b) states that every local law enforcement agency has the duty to inform crime victims about CalVCB. To aide law enforcement in fulfilling this statutory mandate, CalVCB developed several publications that can be used to inform crime victims about the Victim Compensation Program, including fact sheets, first responder cards, and posters that can be shared with victims of crime.

Each department is required to assign a CalVCB Liaison Officer to communicate and distribute the information and tools within their department.
To register a CalVCB Liaison Officer or to update a liaison officer’s contact information contact Public Affairs at 916-491-6400 or publicaffairs@victims.ca.gov

California Government Code section 13962, subdivision (c), and Section 649.36 of Title 2, California Code of Regulations state that law enforcement agencies must assign a Victims of Crime Liaison Officer to CalVCB. The liaison must be an officer or other staff with the law enforcement agency.

CalVCB must review crime documentation and other materials to make an eligibility determination.
When law enforcement receives a crime report request from CalVCB, it is important to provide as much detail and documentation as possible.
For questions, contact your local Victim Witness Assistance Center or CalVCB Customer Service at 800-777-9229.

California Government Code section 13954, subdivision (a), requires law enforcement agencies to respond to requests from CalVCB for crime documents within ten business days.

Law Enforcement Clarification Form – complete when a crime report is not available.

Mail or fax crime documentation to:

California Victim Compensation Board
PO Box 942003
Sacramento, California 94204-2003
Fax: 866-902-8669

Law Enforcement Relocation Verification Form – CalVCB may authorize relocation expenses for victims who need to relocate due to a crime. Law enforcement must substantiate the claim.

Mail or fax the completed form to:

California Victim Compensation Board
PO Box 3036
Sacramento, California 94204-2003
Fax: 866-902-8669

CalVCB developed this 1.5-hour training, A Victim Compensation Course for Law Enforcement, as an annual CalVCB training for law enforcement. This course educates law enforcement on informing victims about CalVCB and how to receive assistance. The course covers topics such as Who is Eligible for Compensation, Qualifying Crimes, Crime Documentation Requirements, CalVCB Law Enforcement Partnership, Accessing CalVCB, and How Law Enforcement Can Connect Victims to CalVCB. After completing this training, law enforcement will be better equipped to further a successful partnership with CalVCB in support of crime victims.

CalVCB also created this 3-minute video to increase awareness of victim compensation among law enforcement officers. It includes an overview of the Victim Compensation Program and provides information to assist officers in fulfilling their duty of informing crime victims of assistance available to them.

CalVCB First Responder Card

California Government Code section 13962, subdivision (b) states that every local law enforcement agency has the duty to inform crime victims about CalVCB.

Law enforcement agencies and first responders can email CalVCB at publicaffairs@victims.ca.gov for first-responder cards to provide to victims. 

Front of CalVCB First Responder Card
Front of First Responder Card
Back of CalVCB First Responder Card
Back of First Responder Card

Contact

PublicAffairs@victims.ca.gov

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