As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office for Victims of Crimes recognized individuals and organizations who had performed outstanding victims’ rights services. This year, the Award for First Responders was presented to Robin Taylor of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio and John Guard, Chief Deputy with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, which underscores the vital role of law enforcement in supporting victims. The awards, which also recognize victim service volunteers, allied professionals, researchers, and future leaders, among other victim service professionals, were selected from nominations of those showing extraordinary leadership, vision, and community engagement as they supported victims. OVC shared biographies, photos, and short tribute videos of the winners.
Learn more about the winners or about how law enforcement can support victims of crime.