Cape Coral Police Victim Advocates Receive Grant Funding for FY-2014

(August 22, 2013)- Cape Coral Police Victim Advocates have been awarded a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant to aide in funding for the program during the 2014 Fiscal Year.

The VOCA grant, which is for over $90 Thousand dollars, is awarded by the Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Advocacy and Grants Management and will enable the Cape Coral Police Department’s Victim Advocate Program to continue at its current strength.

Below is Cape Coral Police Chief Jay Murphy’s address to the department regarding the grant:

"I am pleased to inform you that Attorney General Pam Bondi has approved an award of $90,802 for our FY 2014 Victim Advocate Program. In a year when funding has been drastically reduced, an award of this amount is quite significant. It is in large part in recognition of the victim advocates dedication to service and the positive reputation they have established for themselves, the department and our city throughout the state of Florida.

Together, Pat Lucas, Christine Seymour and Marisol Pena, have held thousands of hands and comforted countless victims and families during their combined 50 years of service to the program. The program that they designed is often cited by others as a model program and a significant part of our core level of service to the community.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge our grant writer, Ms. Dennison, for her guidance and efforts in securing the funds. Once again, the department, the City and our residents have benefited from the millions of grant dollars that Cindy has secured for us in her 16 years with the city. When you have a great product/service as we do in our Victim Advocate Program, and you couple that with a highly experienced grant coordinator, you get results.

I am privileged to be able to work with these dedicated individuals and it is with great humility that on their behalf I accept this recognition of their efforts”-Police Chief Jay Murphy.