FLORIDA - In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 7 victim advocates were honored with the Attorney General’s 2020 Distinguished Victim Services Award.

Each year, the Florida Attorney General’s Office honors victim advocates and law enforcement officers for their efforts in assisting crime victims.

Civilians who were recognized with a Distinguished Victim Services Award were:

* Jude Castro — Sarasota Police Department

* Sandy Ezell — Florida Highway Patrol

* Chaplain Jason Low — Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The following law enforcement officers also received the Distinguished Victim Services Award:

* Deputy First Class Daniel LaVerne—Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

* Detective Tiffany Barry—Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

* Detective Maria Santos—Sunrise Police Department

* Detective Michelle Gindlesperger—Sunrise Police Department

“Many of our state’s victim advocates and law enforcement officers go above and beyond their job description to assist crime victims and their families," said Attorney General Ashley Moody. "Amidst uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in violent crime this past year, these heroes held strong and assisted people suffering at the hands of criminal behavior and tragedy."

The recognition ceremony was held during a video conference call on Wednesday April 21, in the middle of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which ran from April 18th to the 24th.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has helped citizens and advocates reflect on commitments to serving victims of all crime.

Each person recognized received a Cabinet resolution which can be read by clicking on this link - https://bit.ly/3gv7pGB.

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