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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Victim Response Team (VRT) was established in 1994 to provide services for victims. The Victim Response Team responds to victims throughout Larimer County 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The services provided include:

  • On-scene assistance
  • Emotional support
  • Referrals to local resources
  • Information regarding the Crime Victim Compensation program
  • Assistance with bond hearings

In addition to the support provided victims, one of the main goals of the VRT is to inform victims of the legal rights pursuant to Title 24 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The VRT assures that victims are aware of their legal rights by providing an informative Victim Rights pamphlet.

The Victim Response Team also responds and provides assistance in situations including suicide, unattended deaths, family problems, floods, fires, missing persons, death notifications, and critical incidents.

THE VICTIMS RIGHTS ACT

The Victim Rights Act became effective in January of 1993. In an attempt to balance the scales of justice, the Victim Rights Act provides victims of crime an active role in the criminal justice process. The following is a summary of the rights guaranteed by the Victim Rights Act. For a complete listing of your rights, please refer to Colorado Revised Statutes 24-4.1-301 through 24-4.1-304 at http://dcj.ovp.state.co.us.

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse;
  • To be informed of all “critical stages” of the criminal justice process (victims of crime must request notification, in writing, for probation critical stages);
  • To be present at specified critical stages in the criminal justice process;
  • To be informed about what steps can be taken including information about protection services, if there is any intimidation or harassment by a person accused or convicted of a crime or anyone acting on that person’s behalf;
  • To be present and heard regarding bond reduction or modification, a subpoena for the victim’s records, acceptance of a plea agreement, sentencing or modification of a sentence, any request modification to the “no contact” provision or criminal protection order or the petition for expungement;
  • To be heard by phone or similar technology when a victim cannot appear in court;
  • To be informed of the existence of the criminal protection order and upon request of the victim, the procedure for modifying the protection order if a procedure exists;
  • To receive a free copy of the initial incident report from the investigating law enforcement agency; except that the release of a document associated with the investigation is at the discretion of the law enforcement agency based on the status of the case or security and safety concerns in a correctional facility, local jail, or private contract prison;
  • To have the victim’s social security number redacted or excluded from criminal justice documents when records are released to someone other than the victim, a criminal justice agency, or the defendant’s attorney of record;
  • To be informed of the process the district attorney can use to request protection of the victim’s address (the court may or may not grant the request);
  • To consult with the district attorney prior to any disposition of the case or before the case goes to trial and to be informed of the final disposition of the case;
  • To be informed of the status of the case and any scheduling changes or cancellations, if known in advance;
  • To receive and prepare a victim impact statement and to be present and/or heard at the sentencing hearing;
  • To have the court determine restitution and to be informed of the right to pursue a civil judgment against the person convicted of the crime;
  • To prevent any party at any court proceeding from compelling testimony regarding a victim’s address, telephone number, place of employment or other locating information;
  • To receive a prompt return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;
  • To be informed about the possibility of restorative justice practices;
  • To be informed of the availability of financial assistance and community services;
  • To be provided with appropriate employer intercession services regarding court appearances and meetings with criminal justice officials;
  • To be assured that in any criminal proceeding the court, the prosecutor, and other law enforcement officials will take appropriate action to achieve a swift and fair resolution of the proceedings;
  • Whenever practicable, to have a safe, secure waiting area during court proceedings;
  • To be informed of and have input about a motion to sequester the victim from a critical stage;
  • To be informed of any request for progression from the state mental hospital and the right to be heard at any hearing which a court considers such a request;
  • To be notified of the referral of an offender to community corrections and to provide a written victim impact statement to the community corrections board and, if permitted by the board, to provide an oral victim impact statement. In addition, a victim has a right to provide a separate oral statement to the community corrections board if the board is considering a transitional referral from the department of corrections;
  • To be heard by phone or similar technology by the community corrections board when the victim is otherwise unavailable;
  • Upon written request, to be informed when a person accused or convicted of a crime is released from custody other than the county jail, is paroled, escapes or absconds from probation or parole;
  • Upon written request, to be informed of the results of a probation or parole revocation hearing;
  • The right to be informed of the filing of a petition to cease sex offender registration;
  • Upon request, to be informed when a person who is accused or convicted of a crime is released, discharged, or permanently transferred from the custody of the county jail;
  • Upon written request, to be informed of and heard at any proceeding at which any post-conviction release from confinement in a secure state correctional facility is being considered;
  • Upon written request, to be informed when a person convicted of a crime against the victim is placed in or transferred to a less secure correctional facility, program, or placed on non-residential status, or is permanently or conditionally transferred or released from any state hospital;
  • The right, at the discretion of the district attorney, to view all or a portion of the presentence report of the probation department;
  • To be notified of a hearing concerning a petition for sealing of records;
  • To be informed of the governor’s decision to commute or pardon a person before such information is publicly disclosed;
  • To be informed of the results of any court-ordered HIV testing;
  • To be informed of any rights which the victim has pursuant to the Constitution of the United States or the State of Colorado;
  • To be informed of the process for enforcing compliance with the Victim Rights Act. 

VICTIMS RIGHTS CRIMES

Effective August 2017

ASSAULT: 

  • 1st degree assault (C.R.S. 18-3-202)
  • 2nd degree assault (C.R.S. 18-3-203)
  • 3rd degree assault (C.R.S. 18-3-204)
  • Vehicular assault (C.R.S. 18-3-205)

CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN:  

  • Child abuse (C.R.S. 18-6-401)
  • Sexual assault on a child (C.R.S. 18-3-405)
  • Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust (C.R.S. 18-3-405.3)
  • Sexual exploitation of children (C.R.S. 18-6-403)
  • Child prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-401)
  • Soliciting for child prostitution (C.R.S. 8-7-402)
  • Procurement of a child for sexual exploitation (C.R.S. 18-6-404)
  • Pimping of a child (C.R.S. 18-7-405)
  • Inducement of child prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-405.5)
  • Patronizing a prostituted child (C.R.S. 18-7-406)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (DV):

  • Any crime identified by law enforcement prior to the filing of charges as domestic violence as defined in C.R.S. 18-6-800.3
  • An act identified by a district attorney in a formal criminal charge as domestic violence as defined in C.R.S. 18-6-800.3
  • Any crime, the underlying factual basis of which has been found by the court on the record to include an act of domestic violence as defined in C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, pursuant to C.R.S. 18-6-801

COURT RELATED OFFENSES: 

  • Violation of a protection order issued under 18-1-1001 against a person charged with committing: 
    • Sexual assault (C.R.S. 18-3-402)
    • Sexual assault on a child (C.R.S. 18-3-405)
    • Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust (C.R.S. 18-3-405.3)
    • Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist (C.R.S. 18-3-405.5)
    • Stalking (C.R.S. 18-3-602)
  • Intimidating a witness or a victim (C.R.S. 18-8-704)
  • Retaliation against a witness or victim (C.R.S. 18-8-706)
  • Retaliation against a judge (C.R.S. 18-8-615)
  • Retaliation against a prosecutor (C.R.S. 18-8-616)
  • Retaliation against a juror (C.R.S. 18-8-706.5)
  • Aggravated intimidation of a witness or a victim (C.R.S. 18-8-705)
  • Tampering with a witness or victim (C.R.S. 18-8-707)

DEATH RELATED OFFENSES:  

  • First degree murder (C.R.S. 18-3-102)
  • Second degree murder (C.R.S. 18-3-103)
  • Manslaughter (C.R.S. 18-3-104)
  • Criminally negligent homicide (C.R.S. 18-3-105)
  • Vehicular homicide (C.R.S. 18-3-106)
  • Careless driving that results in the death of another person (C.R.S. 42-4-1402)
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident where the accident results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person (C.R.S. 42-4-1601)

BURGLARY / ROBBERY:

  • 1st Degree Burglary (C.R.S. 18-4-202)
  • Robbery (C.R.S. 18-4-301)
  • Aggravated robbery (C.R.S. 18-4-302)
  • Aggravated robbery of controlled substances (C.R.S. 18-4-303)

SEX OFFENSES:

  • Sexual assault (C.R.S. 18-3-402)
  • Sexual assault as it existed prior to July 1, 2000:
    • 1st degree sexual assault (C.R.S. 18-3-402) 
    • 2nd degree sexual assault (C.R.S. 18-3-403)
    • 3rd degree sexual assault (C.R.S. 18-3-404)
  • Unlawful sexual contact (C.R.S. 18-3-404)
  • Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist (C.R.S. 18-3-405.5)
  • Incest (C.R.S. 18-6-301)
  • Aggravated incest (C.R.S. 18-6-302)
  • Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification (C.R.S. 18-3-405.6)
  • Indecent exposure (C.R.S. 18-7-302)

KIDNAPPING / TRAFFICKING:

  • 1st degree kidnapping (C.R.S. 18-3-301)
  • 2nd degree kidnapping (C.R.S. 18-3-302)
  • Human trafficking (C.R.S. 18-3-503 or 18-3-504)

OTHER OFFENSES:

  • Stalking (C.R.S. 18-3-602 or 18-9-111)
  • Menacing (C.R.S. 18-3-206)
  • Bias motivated crime (C.R.S. 18-9-121)
  • Crimes against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles (C.R.S. 18-6.5-103)
  • Posting a private image for harassment (C.R.S. 18-7-107)
  • Posting a private image for pecuniary gain (C.R.S. 18-7-108)
  • Any criminal attempt (as described in C.R.S. 18-2-101), any conspiracy (as described in C.R.S. 18-2-201), any criminal solicitation (as described in C.R.S. 18-2-301), and any accessory to a crime (as described in C.R.S. 18-8-105), involving any of the crimes specified in C.R.S. 24-4.1-302(1)

VINE

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the National Victim Notification Network created to keep victims informed about the custody status of their offenders. 

VINELink is the online version of VINE. 

There are two ways victims of crime can search for information or register to receive notifications about their offender’s custody status:

  1. Via the Internet: https://vinelink.com/classic/#/home/site/6000
  2. Via Phone:  (888) 263-8463 

Crime Victim Compensation

If you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of a crime, you may be eligible for compensation for financial loss.

The Victim Compensation Board may award financial assistance for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Outpatient care
  • Counseling
  • Loss of medically necessary devices, such as eyeglasses or hearing aids
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of support to dependents
  • Repair of residential doors, windows or other security devices.

To see if you qualify for Victim Compensation visit their website and submit an application: 

https://www.larimer.org/da/vicwit/compensation

Main Line: (970) 498-7290

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

LARIMER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Website: https://www.larimer.org/sheriff

Non-Emergency: (970) 416-1985

FORT COLLINS POLICE SERVICES

Website: https://www.fcgov.com/police/

Non-Emergency: (970) 419-3273

CSU POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: https://police.colostate.edu/

Non-Emergency: (970) 491-6425

COLORADO STATE PATROL

Website: https://csp.colorado.gov/contact-us/district-three-northeast-colorado/troop-3c-fort-collins

Non-Emergency: (303) 239-4501

LOVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: https://www.cityofloveland.org/services/police

Non-Emergency: (970) 667-2151

ESTES PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: https://estespark.colorado.gov/pd

Non-Emergency: (970) 586-4000

JOHNSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: http://www.johnstownpolice.org/

Non-Emergency: (970) 356-1212

TIMNATH POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: https://timnath.org/government/departments/police-department/

Non-Emergency: (970) 224-3224

WINDSOR POLICE DEPARTMENT

Website: https://www.windsorpd.com/

Non-Emergency: (970) 674-6400

 

COUNTY DEPARTMENTS

8TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES

Website: https://www.larimer.org/da/vicwit

Main Line: (970) 498-7285

LARIMER COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE

Website: https://www.larimer.org/coroner

Main Line: (970) 498-6161

LARIMER COUNTY PROBATION OFFICES

Website: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Probation/County/Offices.cfm?County_ID=22 

 

STATE & FEDERAL RESOURCES

CBI (COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION)

Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cbi

Main Line: (303) 239-4649

OVC (OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME)

Website: https://ovc.ojp.gov/

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

CROSSROADS SAFEHOUSE (Fort Collins)

Website: https://www.crossroadssafehouse.org/

Hotline & Info: (970) 482-3502

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE (Loveland)

Website: http://www.alternativestoviolence.org/

Main Line: (970) 669-5150

A WOMAN’S PLACE (Greeley) 

Website: https://www.awpdv.org/

Crisis Line: (970) 356-4226

ESTES VALLEY CRISIS ADVOCATES (Estes Park)

Website: https://www.crisisadvocates.org/

Crisis Line: (513) 970-3822

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES

SAVA - Sexual Assault Victim Assistance (Fort Collins)

Website: https://savacenter.org/

Crisis Line: (970) 472-4200

CSU WOMEN & GENDER ADVOCACY CENTER

Website: https://wgac.colostate.edu/

Crisis Line: (970) 492-4242 

CHILDSAFE

Website: https://www.childsafecolorado.org/

Main Line: (970) 472-4133

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

CONNECTIONS (Fort Collins)

Website: https://www.healthdistrict.org/services/connections-adult-services

Main Line: (970) 221-5551

SUMMITSTONE (Fort Collins)

Website: https://www.summitstonehealth.org/

Main Line: (970) 494-4200

COLORADO CRISIS SERVICES (Greeley)

Website: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Crisis Line: (844) 493-8255

CSU COUNSELING SERVICES (CSU Students Only)

Website: https://health.colostate.edu/#

Crisis Line: (970) 491-7111

 

MEDICAL RESOURCES

POUDRE VALLEY HOSPITAL

1024 S. Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524

CSU HEALTH SERVICES (CSU Students Only)

151 West Lake Street, Fort Collins, CO 80523

BANNER FORT COLLINS MEDICAL CENTER

4700 Lady Moon Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80528

MCKEE MEDICAL CENTER

2000 Boise Avenue, Loveland, CO 80538

MCR (MEDICAL CENTER OF THE ROCKIES)

2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Loveland, CO 80538

Protection Orders

  • MANDATORY PROTECTION ORDER:
    • The testimony of victims and witnesses is essential to an effective justice process. For that reason, it is critical that victims and witnesses are protected. In criminal cases, a mandatory protection order will be issued by the court at the defendant's first appearance (C.R.S. 18-1-1001). This mandatory protection order restrains a person from harassing, molesting, intimidating, retaliating against, or tampering with any witness or victim of a crime. The order remains in effect until the final disposition of the case, completion of sentence or acquittal.
  • NO CONTACT ORDER: 
    • A No Contact Order is a condition that may be included on a standard protection order in cases involving domestic violence and certain cases involving crimes against persons, such as sexual assault, physical assault, child abuse (including physical and sexual abuse) and crimes against at-risk-adults. The defendant may be required to comply with provision such as:
      • No direct or indirect contact with the victim
      • To stay away from victim's home or any other location where the victim or witness is likely to be found
      • Shall vacate the residence
      • Will not possess firearms or other weapons
      • Will not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances
      • Any other order the court thinks is appropriate to protect the safety of the victim
  • If you have questions regarding the No Contact Order, or whether there is a No Contact Order in your case, you can contact the Victim/Witness Division at (970) 498-7285 or the victim/witness specialist assigned to the case.
  • CIVIL PROTECTION ORDER:
    • A Civil Protection Order, commonly referred to as a Restraining Order, may be requested from the court in a separate civil action.

Records Requests

Use https://www.larimer.org/da/discovery/request-form to access the District Attorney’s Office Records Request form for LCSO cases that are categorized as:  

  • Occurring on or after 12/1/2019, and
  • Felony, misdemeanor, or DUI, and
  • Case status is “charges filed”, and
  • Case is still “active” in the court system

 

Use https://www.larimer.org/sites/default/files/current-records_request_form_2017.pdf  to access the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Records Request form for LCSO cases that are categorized as:

  • Occurring before 12/1/2019, and 
  • Case status is “closed”

VICTIM RESPONSIBILITIES

VICTIMS OF CRIME HAVE THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Keep appropriate criminal justice authorities informed of their current name, address, and telephone number, and any changes in this information
  • Provide a written request to the appropriate agency if they want to be notified of information regarding the post sentencing process
  • Request forms for enrollment information can be obtained from the District Attorney's Office, the Probation Department, the Department of Corrections, the Division of Youth Corrections or the local jail
  • For victims of cold cases for which the crime has a statute of limitations of longer than three (3) years, to request in writing an annual update in the status of the case;
  • To request notification of the release of a person accused or convicted of a crime from the county jail
  • To request notification by the court of a defendant's petition to stop sex offender registration
  • To request that correctional officials keep their address, telephone, place of employment and other personal information confidential
  • If you feel that your rights have been violated, you should attempt to seek compliance on the local level

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING A CRIME

The initial shock following a crime, sudden death, or other trauma is a harsh and painful reality for everyone involved. As individuals we often react in many different ways when faced with crisis. Some common reactions may include:

  • Shock, disbelief, numbness
  • Anxiety, panicky feelings
  • Feeling “lost” or difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability, tearfulness, or anger
  • Blaming, self-doubt, guilt
  • Sleeping disturbances, loss of appetite
  • Flashbacks, unwanted memories
  • Depression or sadness
  • Withdrawal or isolation
  • Relationship problems
  • Unexplained physical pain

After some time has passed, it is possible to experience a full life after a crime or tragedy. As most people work through their feelings about the event, they begin to accept that they did the best they could under the circumstances, and have renewed energy to focus on their lives again.

Interested in Becoming a VRT Volunteer?

As a VRT Volunteer you will be provided in-depth and ongoing training in dynamics of victimization in victim assistance and will gain direct experience in providing support to people in need. You will also gain knowledge about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Your participation will enhance the community responsiveness to rights of victims and survivors of crime. 

Learn more and apply online:  VRT Application

Request Victim Assistance

Email: sheriff-victims-response@co.larimer.co.us

Victim Witness Specialist Cheryl Ellmann - (970) 498-5153

Victim Witness Specialist Stacey Patrick - (970) 498-5147

Team Coordinator, Sue Johnston - (970) 498-5149