Victim Assistance

No one wants to be a victim of a crime but we are all potential victims. The Victim Assistance Program offers a diverse range of services that help reduce the traumatizing consequences of being a victim of crime. The Fort Pierce Police Department’s Victim Assistant can help provide individuals who were criminally victimized with information that can help lessen the impact of victimization. The Fort Pierce Police Department Victim Assistant can:

  • Provide Crisis Intervention
  • Give you information on victim’s rights according to Florida State Statute
  • Assist with reporting crimes
  • Help you to understand and evaluate your options
  • Explain the criminal investigation and judicial process
  • Provide referrals to external social services
  • Explain and assist with applying for Victim Assistance through the Attorney General Office

If you are a victim of crime, the Fort Pierce Police Department is committed to protecting your rights and meeting your needs through our Victim Assistance Program. You Do Not need to file a police report to speak with a Victim Assistant. Although filing a criminal report is encouraged, you can speak to a victim assistant to discuss your victimization and options. All services are free and confidential. Florida State Statute does require mandatory reporting of certain crimes including child abuse and the abuse of a vulnerable adult.

If you need assistance with filing injunctions for protection please contact Ms. Lissette Maldonado by calling (772) 672-8712. Her office is located at the St. Lucie County Courthouse, 218 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce, Florida. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am. – 5:00 pm.

Chaplain Services

Chaplain Services are available through the Fort Pierce Police Department. The Chaplain provides non-denominational spiritual guidance, counseling, and comfort in times of crisis and peace. Services are available to all citizens of Fort Pierce, members of the Fort Pierce Police Department and their families. Chaplains are also involved with department ceremonial programs, employee assistance, community crisis intervention[MJ1] and officiating police funerals.

Santa Cop

Life is made a little merrier around the holidays for needy families in our community because of the generosity of others. With the help of the department and volunteers, the victim assistant oversees the Santa Cop program. Each year as the holiday nears; the department receives donations of teddy bears, toys, clothing and food from various individuals and groups to be distributed to some of our residents in need.

The Victim Assistant can be contacted at 772-467-6800, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for assistance after hours please dial 9-1-1.

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