#BecauseIReachedOut

Awareness Campaign Urges Victim of Crime to Reach Out to Police

The OPP are launching a new initative that may mean more phone calls to police, but they certainly don’t mind.

BecauseIReachedOut, a new awareness campaign out of Orillia OPP HQ encourages victims of crime to reach out to police. The campaign also highlights all the support services available throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka Region.

The #BecauseIReachedOut campaign was developed with the help of some of those support services, including the Child Advocacy Centre, the North Simcoe Victims Services, the Barrie and Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service, Muskoka Victim Services, and the Rama Police Service.

“The ability of police to effectively battle violent crime would be severely hampered without strong partnerships with dedicated victim support organizations and individuals.” says Superintendent James Smyth, Director of Operations, OPP Central Region. “These are the people who are there for victims from the time the incident is reported, through the arduous and difficult process of investigations, hearings and trials, and long after. These organizations are critical to helping victims find the courage to come forward and work with the police to ensure that offenders are held accountable for their actions and prevent the victimization of others.”