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Victim/Witness Assistance Program
The Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights is the governing philosophy dealing with victims of and witnesses to a crime. The Gwinnett County Police Department is committed to the development, implementation and perpetuation of the "Victim/Witness Assistance Program" as created and administered through the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office and the State Court Solicitor's Office.
In this regard the Police Department recognizes that:
- Victims and witnesses have a right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and compassion by emergency services, criminal justice personnel, news media, and the general public.
- Victims and witnesses have a right to protection from intimidation and harm.
- Victims and witnesses have a right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process.
- Victims and witnesses have a right to counsel. The Assistant District Attorneys and State Court Solicitors are responsible to protect the interests of victims/witnesses and to explain the case in non-technical terms.
- Victims have a right to restitution for expenses of property loss incurred as the result of a crime (O.C.G.A. 17-15-1). When restitution is ordered, they have a right to have that order enforced.
- Victims have a right to preservation of property and employment.
- Victims and witnesses have a right to due process in criminal court proceedings.
The Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, the Gwinnett County Solicitor's Office and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office are the agencies primarily responsible for the delivery of Victim and Witness services in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett County Police Department's primary role in the delivery of Victim and Witness services is as a first responder.
As a first responder and during the preliminary investigation, officers are equipped to provide victims of a crime with a copy of the Victim Rights Notification form (PDF).