As advocates for victims of violent crime and their families, VOCAL has worked alongside officers and other members of law-enforcement since our inception. During that time, we have relied upon many dedicated and compassionate officers to help us in our mission to protect the lives and rights of victims. It is our belief that law enforcement officers are both the first line of defense against violence and a victim’s biggest advocate. Officers are often the ones to pick up the pieces after a traumatic event; they serve as a victim’s strongest protector and offer their support however it is most needed, whether it be to console and comfort a victim in pain or to testify on our behalf in court.
Thursday night, five police officers were ambushed and murdered in Dallas, Texas and seven more were severely injured. These officers illustrated true altruism in the face of evil by risking their lives to save protestors and other civilians caught in the line of fire. On July 7th, 2016, 12 of our protectors became victims, and as emotions continue to surge across the country, many more officers continue to face threats of violence. It is impossible to describe the shock and sorrow we feel at this loss. Our hearts and sympathies go out to the fallen officers and their families, as well as to the Dallas Police Department, in this time of mourning.
This summer has witnessed terrible atrocities, from the Orlando shootings to the Dallas attacks, and while our sorrow and heartache over these events will remain for many years to come, VOCAL will continue to stand in solidarity with law enforcement officers and the victims they serve and protect.