Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
April 9, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Bondi Honors Law Enforcement and Victim Advocates During Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi today honored law enforcement and victim advocates during the Attorney General’s Annual Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony. She awarded Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk with the 2013 Distinguished David S. Crawford Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award at the ceremony today.
“Every law enforcement officer and victim advocate we honored today knows how important it is to support victims and their families in the aftermath of a crime,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “These individuals have selflessly and compassionately dedicated themselves to helping others through trying times.”
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk advocates for victims and holds perpetrators accountable through education and leadership in his community. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children have partnered in the InVEST program, Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team.
This vital program determines which domestic violence cases have the highest risk by reviewing markers within police reports. These reports are provided to the Shelter so that advocates can link victims with services.
The following individuals were awarded with the 2013 Distinguished Victim Services Award:
Ms. Schloendorn is a victim advocate who works with human trafficking victims. In 2013, she worked seven human trafficking cases that involved both foreign and domestic victims. She is dedicated to providing support to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.
- Marisol Schloendorn, Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Ms. Schmidt-Alpers is an attorney who has represented victims of domestic violence for the past 17 years. She works closely with the local domestic violence center. Ms. Schmidt-Alpers represents victims, often on a pro bono basis, when they are in need of an injunction to protect them from future violence.
- Tania Schmidt-Alpers, Attorney at Law
Mr. Shearer started Tykes and Teens in 1999. While he serves as the Executive Director, he has also continued in his role as therapist. He has helped more than 1,000 child and adolescent crime victims over the years.
- Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes and Teens
Officer Alayon was dispatched to Campbell Drive Middle School to handle a physical altercation involving two students. During his questioning of one of the students, who was in foster care, she began to disclose details of her life struggles and described frequenting the area of Florida City and hanging out with an adult male. He discovered that another young woman was being used as a prostitute, and he diligently tracked this young woman down to get her the help she needed.
- Officer Gerardo Alayon, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department
Through many acts of kindness and support of victims, Deputy Froscher has provided unwavering support to crime victims. For example, when an eight-year-old crime victim had his game system stolen and his piggy bank damaged by thieves, Deputy Froscher went beyond his normal duties. Deputy Froscher brought the boy a new piggy bank with a $20 bill stuffed inside it.
- Deputy Sheriff Morris Froscher, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Massucci has been with the Tampa Police Department since 1990 and has been a homicide detective since 2003. He was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant and now supervises the Homicide Squad. Homicide detectives are often responsible for providing death notifications. However, few police agencies provide any formal death notification training. Sergeant Massucci has provided death notification training for his detectives and developed a specific policy on the issue.
- Sergeant Charles Massucci, Tampa Police Department
For more information on crime victim services, please follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/90514096788f88c085256cc50075acf7
For more information on National Crime Victims Rights Week, please follow this link: http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/