SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 27, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.
The Sarasota Police Department has been officially awarded the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant for the 2014-2015 funding cycle in the amount of $46,793 from the Department of Justice. This will allow for an additional Victim Advocate to provide services to crime victims in our community. The Victim Advocate Program is an integral part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Community Policing culture.
Brandy Borling joined the Sarasota Police Department on January 21, 2015 as an additional Victim Advocate for the Sarasota Police Department. Ms. Borling is a recent graduate from Kent State University in Ohio. She majored in Justice Studies and interned for the Victims Assistance Program for the Akron Police Department Detectives Bureau in Ohio. Ms. Borling was one of 84 applicants for the Victim Advocate position in Sarasota.
The Sarasota Police Department applied for the grant in February 2014 and was one of several agencies in the state of Florida to be awarded the grant. The federal VOCA grant program offers funding to local community providers for use in responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after their victimization, helping victims to understand and participate the criminal justice system and providing victims with a measure of safety and security.