Victim's Advocate

   The Elgin Police Department Victim Service Provider provides reasonable, fair, and compassionate assistance to victims and witnesses of crime.  Her duties include but are not limited to ensureing that victims:

     • be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
     • be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
     • be informed about victims' rights;
     • be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
     • be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
     • confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
     • be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
     • be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
     • have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
     • receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders; and
     • a reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case.

Elgin Police Departments Victim Assistant is Kathy M. Brown who began her career in 1999 as a volunteer. Kathy attended the U.S.C.  Victim Assistant Institute basic training in May 2001 on her own time and has received a minimum of 15 credit hours every year since by attending seminars and annual victim training.     
Kathy Brown,
Victim's Advocate
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