Victim's and Witnesses Assistance & Law Enforcement Board
What is the Victim's and Witnesses Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) Board?
The Board reviews applications from victims of crime. The crime must have occurred within the City of Glenwood Springs and be under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court. For a more in-depth explanation, please review the VALE brochure. The Board can award up to $500 per incident.
If you believe you qualify for assistance, please fill out the application and return it to the Police. You must submit insurance documentation, estimates to replace the items or fix the damage along with the completed and notarized application.
Once you turn in your application, it will be placed on the next meeting agenda for review by the Board. You will receive a letter in the mail within one week after the meeting with the Board's decision.
Questions pertaining to all board provided services should be directed to Katie Mulkey at the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 970-384-6500.
Composition of the VALE Board
Powers and Duties of the VALE Board
(as defined in Title 020 of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Code);
(h): Powers and duties of the Victim's and Witnesses Assistance and Law Enforcement Board.
(1) The Board shall designate one (1) of its members as chairman, shall establish rules of procedure and order and shall hold meetings as it might deem necessary.
(2) A surcharge equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the fine imposed for violation of all municipal ordinances, including ordinance violations under the Model Traffic Code, is hereby levied on each Municipal Court action resulting in a conviction, plea of guilty or no contest or in a deferred judgment and sentence, which municipal ordinance violation is charged pursuant to City ordinances. All calculated surcharge amounts resulting in dollars and cents shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. In the event a portion of the fine is suspended, the surcharge levied shall be computed based upon the original fine, regardless of whether a portion of said fine has been suspended. Said surcharges shall be paid to the Clerk of the Court by the defendant, and said Clerk shall deposit the money so received in the fund hereinafter created. (A 33-05,§2)
(3) The Victim's and Witnesses Assistance and Law Enforcement Fund, hereinafter referred to as the "Fund," consist of all monies paid as a surcharge as provided in Subsection (2) above. All monies deposited in the Fund shall be deposited in an interest-bearing account, and all interest earned by monies in the Fund shall be credited to the Fund. The City Manager, by and through the Finance Director, shall be responsible for establishing a separate fund for purposes of accounting for the revenues and expenditures. At the conclusion of each fiscal year, all monies remaining in the Fund shall remain in the Fund for allocation as hereinafter set forth.
(4) The Board shall disburse monies from the Fund in the following manner:
(5) Disbursement of funds by the Board on behalf of the victim's and witnesses assistance services may be used for the following purposes:
(6) The Board is authorized to accept and evaluate all applications for disbursement of funds, whether emanating from victims, witnesses or law enforcement agencies. Applications for disbursement shall be made upon forms prescribed by the Board, and made available by the Municipal Court and the Police Department. The Board shall establish its own criteria for evaluating applications for disbursement, and nothing herein contained shall obligate the Board to make disbursement of any funds available to it. Upon a finding by the Board that a disbursement shall be made from the Fund, the Board shall submit a written request for payment to the Finance Department, which shall then remit payment in accordance with the request.
(7) The Board is required to submit minutes of its meetings to the City Council at the next regular Council meeting following the Board's meeting.