SART Binds TUPD Baltimore County for Victims' Assistance
Earlier this month, the Maryland State Board of Victim’s Services awarded the Baltimore County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which includes representatives from the Towson University Police Department and TU Counseling Center, the 2009 Governor’s Victim Assistance Award. The award was given in recognition of SART’s collaborative work in supporting sexual assault victims.
“We’ve come together as a multi-disciplinary team of police officers, state’s attorneys and medical professionals to work together to give sexual assault victims the best and most seamless service possible,” said Detective Corporal Rick Saylor, who has served as TU’s SART representative for the past five years. “We exercise a team philosophy for responding to victims’ needs.”
SART identified one of these needs after working on a series of sexual assault cold cases in which victims displayed severe emotional reactions to the crime being resurfaced decades after it occurred. Team members saw a gap in resources for these victims and developed a brochure to offer assurance and guidance on the coping process.
According to a statement made by the Baltimore County Police Department, “The SART team combined years of experience to help victims progress in a positive way through uncharted emotional territory.”
The TUPD is the only university police department in the region collaborating with SART. Congratulations to them and to the entire team for their award.
By Pamela K. Martin. Published in "Dollars, Cents & Common Sense: The Administration and Finance Blog."
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