County officials slated to present Victims' Service Distinction Awards

On Thursday, April 23, in recognition of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, April 19-25, Oakland County officials will honor two outstanding individuals and two organizations for their extraordinary work on behalf of crime victims.

The 2015 honorees for the Victims’ Service Distinction Awards are the START program for sexual assault victims; the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Corps; Chaplain Michael A. Goddard, program director of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Chaplains Corps; and Emily McIntyre, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Victim’s Rights supervisor. McIntyre also serves on the Governor’s Task Force for Crime Victim’s Rights.

The Victims’ Service Distinction Awards will be presented by Oakland County officials at 9:30 a.m. in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium located at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac.   

In 2012, Board resolution #12269 was passed unanimously, establishing the Victims’ Service Distinction Awards in December 2012. This award focuses on the importance of service providers and their contributions to the more than 4,700 individuals who become victims of crime each year.

Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman has collaborated with Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica R. Cooper to recognize those who provide valuable services to crime victims.  Bouchard and Cooper were instrumental in the selection of the award recipients, for their Professional Innovation in Victim Services.