Detroit observes national Crime Victim’s Rights Week

The Detroit News

The Detroit Police Department will hold a series of events this week in observance of the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week.

The week of programming kicked off Sunday with the department’s annual balloon release and will run through Saturday.

This year’s national theme is “Serving Victims, Building Trust and Restoring Hope.” In Detroit, the observance will include activities for children and families to bring awareness to the programs and services offered to help crime victims and their families. The recognition will conclude with a one-mile walk and fair, the department said.

“As we continue to display compassion and commitment to all victims of crimes, we must never forget that the community and family members of victims are victims too,” Police Chief James Craig said in a released statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office of Victims Crime encourages all leaders, agencies and organizations to acknowledge the national week through the annual grant-funded program.