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OSBI Victim Services
OSBI Victim Support Program
To assist victims and survivors of violent crimes, the OSBI has a Victims Support Program. The OSBI understands the importance of supporting and building relationships with victims and survivors of violent crime, and the OSBI Victims Support Program is available to meet these needs. The Victim Support Program is lead by the OSBI Victim Services Coordinators, Christy Penney & Steve Brookman. The OSBI coordinators can direct victims and family of victims in need to the available resources available across the state of Oklahoma.
The responsibilities of the Victim Services Coordinators include:
- Interacting with victims, and/or family members of victims, in criminal cases handled by the OSBI
- Assisting OSBI Agents by communicating with victims and/or their families
- Educating victims about the investigative & criminal justice processes
- Informing victims about their rights and the Crime Victim Compensation Program
- Accompanying victims and/or family members of victims to various court hearings
- Helping victims restore a sense of safety & security, which includes informing them about resources available through state & community assistance programs
Oklahoma Cold Case Playing Card Program
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC), with help from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office, and NamUs, on an initiative to solve Cold Case Homicides and Unidentified/ Missing Person cases through means of using Cold Case Playing Cards. Decks of playing cards featuring cases in Oklahoma are provided to inmates through the DOC commissary system. The cards are also featured on the OSBI website and viewable by the public through means of social media, website, etc.
Cases submitted for selection must have a completed application form and consent form. The consent form must be signed by a relative of the victim who authorizes advertisement of the victim’s case on the playing cards and/or posters. This program will not include advertisement of a child or juvenile victim unless authorization is given by family and the selection committee has thoroughly reviewed the information. The application asks for information about the case, the victim, a photo of the victim, information about rewards, etc. Therefore, it is essential for the application form to be completed by a Law Enforcement Officer employed by the investigating law enforcement agency.
The application form and consent form may be downloaded below. For inquiries about the Cold Case Playing Card program, please send an email to email@example.com or call (405)879-2959.