The mission of the Tennessee Department of Treasury is to invest in the well-being of Tennesseans, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is one way we may help those in your community.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is a fund of last resort to financially assist innocent victims of violent crime in the state of Tennessee. Those who meet the program’s eligibility requirements may be reimbursed for medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, and other unforeseen costs related to the crime. Since the fund began in 1982, it has helped provide $301.2 million to victims, helping them to get their lives back on track.

To spread the word and encourage the use of this program to eligible victims, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program will be traveling the state to train law enforcement officers on the program, since law enforcement officers are on the front lines working with these victims on a daily basis.

The trainings will instruct on who may be eligible, the most effective ways to discuss the program with victims, and provide a variety of additional resources. Two area training sessions will be held, the first of those being at 10 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the Tullahoma Police Department, City Hall, 201 West Grundy Street in Tullahoma, and the other being at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the McMinnville Police Department, 204 Red Road in McMinnville.

Law enforcement may register on the state Department of Treasury’s website.

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