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NPD Victim Services coordinator recipient of provincial honour

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
November 8th, 2016

The Nelson Police Department was front and center at a ceremony Monday as the province saluted a group committed to community safety during Crime Prevention Week (November 1-7).

Nelson Police Department Victim Services coordinator Dana Barter was one of a handful of people honoured by Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris.

“Each individual and organization we’re honouring through Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards has set a stellar example – engaging constructively in various ways to build community and help ensure the safety of young, marginalized and vulnerable people,” Morris said during the ceremony.

By sharing the stories of how much our award winners have done, I’m hopeful we’ll inspire other British Columbians to champion public safety causes in their regions and communities.”

Barter was honoured with the Service to Victims Award, which celebrates exemplary leadership in providing services and supports to victims.

During an 18-year career with NPD as victim services coordinator, Barter displayed leadership, care, compassion and commitment in providing clients with the highest level of care to earn the respect from victims and people throughout the Nelson area.

In recent years, Barter has gone over and above the call of duty to support clients in need outside the boundaries of Nelson.

Other people saluted during the ceremony included Vancouver’s Det. Const. Dale Quiring – winner of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award; Abbotsford’s Les Talvio – winner of the Youth Leadership Award; Surrey’s Rob Ross – winner of the Award of Distinction and Restorative Justice Victoria (RJV) – winner of the Restorative Justice Memorial Award.

The awards acknowledge the efforts of volunteers, non-profit organizations and other local public safety partners that are integral to reducing crime, violence and victimization in the community and provide critical support to the efforts of law enforcement and others in the justice sector.

These efforts complement significant investments in the provincial Guns and Gangs Strategy, policing, community safety and victim services, which are supporting safer and stronger communities throughout B.C.

Quick Facts:

  • Crime Prevention Week raises awareness of crime prevention strategies and highlights the contributions of British Columbians to community safety – in particular, through the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards conferred annually for 18 years.
  • Each year, the Province provides more than $70 million to prevention and intervention services to aid victims of crime in B.C. This includes support to more than 400 programs that assist victims of crime and women and children impacted by violence and more than 800 spaces in transition, second stage and safe homes for vulnerable women and their children.
  • As well, through its 10-year-old civil forfeiture program, the Province has contributed $26.1 million in grants to support anti-gang outreach to youth, prevention of violence against vulnerable women and other crime prevention projects.

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