Mesa County Justice Center
125 N Spruce Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001
VALE (Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement)
The District Attorney’s Office administers this five-member citizen board, funded by fines assessed to convicted defendants. Board members are appointed by the Chief Judge. The VALE Board hears applications from agencies and organizations that provide direct services to crime victims. The board then awards contracts to the service providers based on community needs.
The Colorado Legislature approved a bill that created the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) program in 1984. The legislation crafted a funding mechanism that generates funds in each of Colorado's twenty-two judicial districts. Its intent was to provide programs and services for crime victims and to assist law enforcement. The funds for this legislation come from surcharges on fines paid by those convicted of crimes. The Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 24-4.2 outlines the existence and authority of VALE boards.