LCSO Explorer Post 909 Honored for Victims' Rights Service
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 909 will be honored with the Youth Volunteer Award of Distinction, presented by Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel, at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Larimer County Courthouse. The awards are part of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week being celebrated across the country April 21-27.
The award is presented for exceptional service in the area of victims' rights. Other award winners this year include Exceptional Service Provider Ana Pasini from the Child Advocacy Center and Innovative Service Provider Susan Webster, former director of the Northern Colorado SANE program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), awarded posthumously.
Local crime victim advocates will also be hosting a Resource Fair in Old Town Square in Fort Collins on Friday, April 26th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to raise awareness of victims' rights in our community and the services available to them.
Locally, victim service providers continue to work tirelessly to provide crime victims the rights afforded to them. These volunteers work around the clock to ensure victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect. They also make sure victims are notified and informed of the progress of their case and help to ensure their right to be heard.
This year's National Crime Victims' Rights week theme is "New Challenges - New Solutions". It reflects the increasingly complex mission of victim advocates. New challenges including human trafficking and changing demographics as well as the on-going challenge of upholding victims' rights calls for new solutions. The Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime has launched "Vision 21 - Transforming Victim Services" in an effort to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim services field. This initiative provides an opportunity for real change in the role of victim services and sets forth a comprehensive course for the future.