Local officers given awards during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) honored April 2-8 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), and Someplace Safe followed suit.
The 2017 theme is “Strength.Resilience.Justice.” and reflects a vision for the future in which all crime victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
Everyone wants to live in safe, strong and healthy communities, but not everyone gets to go through life without experiencing some degree of harm, it was stated.
Jeanine Thompson (regional youth advocate, MDH Safe Harbor, Someplace Safe) presented Deputy Bryan Klassen and the Pope County Sheriff’s Office a NCVRW Award because their office obtained a grant to conduct sexual exploitation/sex trafficking stings within Pope County.
“Law enforcement is on the front line of response when they see people at their worst and never know what type of situation they may be responding to,” said Thompson. “For their dedication in that frontline response, as well as the frontline response to sexual exploitation, we honor them with the NCVRW Award and thank them in making Pope County a safer place in which to live.”
Glenwood Police Chief Dale Danter and GrandStay Hotel & Suites of Glenwood (award accepted by manager Fred Wittenberg) were also given awards for their “outstanding support and the work they do in the community,” said Donna Ortendahl, Someplace Safe crime victim advocate.
Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual commemoration in the United States that promotes victims' rights and services. The week was marked by an award ceremony held in Washington, D.C., in which individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services are recognized.
Established by Ronald Reagan in 1981 as a part of an expanding initiative to provide for victims of crimes (later manifested in Executive Order 12360, signed in 1982, which established the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime), Crime Victims' Rights Week is sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Several states and localities conduct local events to mark the week, as do private victims' rights organizations, like the National Organization for Victim Assistance. For more information on NCVRW visit: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.