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What is VALE?

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.

By state statute, the fund is administered by the District Attorney's Office and governed by a five-member board, appointed by the Chief Judge of District Court. The District Attorney’s Office in the 17th Judicial District employs a VALE Grant Administrator and Grant Administrative Manager to oversee the daily operations of the funds and dispersing money to grantees.