Police cuts would impact victims
To the Editor:
As an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, I am concerned about the impact on victims with possible budget cuts to the Rumford Police Department.
Our agency works closely with Rumford Police Department in the best interest of victims. Currently, Rumford has two detectives who investigate these cases which are complex and time consuming. The two detectives in Rumford are active participants in our Sexual Assault Response Team.
This team works to limit the obstacles individuals face as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of sexual assault. This team includes local law enforcement, the legal system, medical professionals, and advocates. SART employs a cohesive, team-based response to assist victim-survivors of sexual violence.
It is in a victim’s best interest to have a consistent person to work with and turn to during an investigation. It is in your community’s best interest to have these cases successfully investigated. Most offenders have more than one victim. I am concerned that reducing detective hours will put your community more at risk of repeat offenders.
Please, when considering cuts and saving of money, communities should weigh the risk of the residents in your community. In the long run, cuts to your police department may actually cost your community more, in money and heartache.
Oxford Site Manager,
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services