Victim Advocacy and Youth Outreach
Also supplementing the Investigations Division are the Department Social Worker and Youth Outreach Coordinator. The Department Social Worker is responsible for crisis intervention, short-term counseling, court advocacy, and referral of victims and witnesses to appropriate services. She also serves as a liaison to several community agencies. During 2016, 736 new cases were referred to the Social Worker.
The Youth Outreach Coordinator is charged with the management of the “Youth Outreach Program.” The program represents a partnership in which the Skokie Police Department, Village of Skokie, Circuit Court, schools, social service and not-for-profit agencies work together in the interest of youth and their families. The program offers early intervention and permits the Courts additional options with which to assist first-time juvenile offenders of Village ordinances, including curfew violations, truancy, possession of alcohol or tobacco, disorderly conduct, vandalism, and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. One hundred seventy youth were ticketed and required to appear at one of the 11 Youthful Offender Court Calls held last year.