State Attorney Phil Archer Recognizes Crime Victim Advocates
By Space Coast Daily // April 9, 2014
National Crime Victims' Rights Week
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – State Attorney Phil Archer honored victim advocates, law enforcement workers and others for their efforts on behalf of crime victims yesterday in observance of the 30th annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The awards ceremony and brunch was held at the Holiday Inn in Viera.
Thomas Gillan, director of the Criminal Justice Office of the Catholic Charities of Central Florida, was the speaker for the event. He is an expert in crisis management, law enforcement training, and stress and trauma management.
Archer recognized three key members of his staff for their interactions with crime victim. Assistant State Attorney William Scheiner was named the Norman R. Wolfinger Attorney of the Year; Laura Mutter received the Outstanding Service Award; and Jennifer Mench was honored with the Kathy L. King Victim Advocate of the Year Award.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent Jessie Holton and his therapy dog Primus were recognized as the Law Enforcement Officers of the Year. Brevard County Health Dept. Nurse Stephanie Hill received the Outstanding Service Award and Michele Williams with the Cocoa Police Department was named the Victim Advocate of the Year.
Archer thanked all of the legion of workers who daily strive to prevent crime and then, when crime does occur, work with the victims to ease their suffering.
“We are truly blessed to have such good people doing great things in our community,” said Archer. “A big thanks to all of our winners and to all of the individuals that carry out services to crime victims each and every day.”