U.S. Rep. Val Demings presided over the House in the morning as the chamber took up and approved her Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act (HR 5768).
When the House passed the bill on a 250-178 vote, the Orlando Democrat’s office described it as landmark legislation.
The legislation if it becomes law will fund local police departments to hire victim support personnel.
Demings, a former Orlando Police Chief and longtime beat cop, said those resources could make a huge difference in solving crimes.
“Real life is different from television. Half of gun murders in the United States go unsolved, and victims are often left with no justice and little support,” she said.
“I vividly recall being on the scenes of young people, dead as a result of violence, knowing that their families would soon receive devastating news. I saw as a detective, detective sergeant, and chief of police that violent crimes require a coordinated and professional response to ensure justice. Passage of the VICTIM Act is a huge win for the safety of American communities and will help us put away violent criminals and keep families safe.”
It also could bring a political lift to Demings, the Democratic