May 31, 2016
A new video highlights Project Devote with the theme “the Power of Our Voices” to commemorate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.
It takes place across Canada from now until June 4th.
“Project Devote recognizes the need and importance of maintaining contact with family members,” says RCMP Sgt. Rob Lasson, a Project Devote Team Commander.
“Our full-time Family Liaison works with Project Devote to provide families with information, support services, and referrals to community agencies that can help assist families whose loved ones have been murdered or are missing.”
The video was produced by Justice Canada as part of their online Sharing Our Stories initiative.
The hope is to raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families.
The designated week is also about acknowledging the dedicated work of service providers who assist victims and survivors of crime, and their families.
Project Devote is a provincial integrated task force of the RCMP and Winnipeg police focusing on missing and murdered exploited persons.
Manitoba Justice has designated four prosecutors and a Family Liaison/Victim Services Worker to work with Project Devote.
The video highlights the work of the project’s Family Liaison and features interviews with victims’ family members and investigators.
“Our team members are deeply committed to resolving each investigation,” says Winnipeg police Sgt. Shawn Pike, who is also a Project Devote Team Commander.
“Our main goal is to bring justice, and some sense of comfort, to the victims and their families.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Project Devote tip line at 1-888-673-3316.
Valuable information could include previous contact or past knowledge of the victims, and could prove helpful to the investigation.
If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Manitoba CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).