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Law officers learn to be more responsive to crime victims

Law enforcement officers attend a seminar on responding to crime victims in Laurel Friday. Law enforcement officers attend a seminar on responding to crime victims in Laurel Friday.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Law enforcement officers from across South Mississippi gathered in laurel Friday to learn how to be more responsive to victims of violent crime. A training seminar at South Central Place offered sessions on technology issues in violent crimes and drug facilitated sexual assault.

It was hosted by the Mississippi Attorney General's office and the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter.

"A lot of these subjects were not gone into a great deal in the (past) training I don't think and I think now it is," said Becky Sims, executive director of the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. 

"I would like the officers to take away from this training to be a little bit more patient with the victims and understand what they're going through," said Taletha Winston, victim advocate for the Jones County Sheriff's Department. "And we don't want to always label them as a victim, that they at some point become a survivor," she said.

There was also a session on compensation benefits for crime victims.

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