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Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office unveils new program in partnership with Cayuga Counseling Services

Sheriff Brian Schenck says that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has a new service available within its agency to assist victims of crime.

The Crime Victim Specialist Program has  been created in partnership with Cayuga Counseling Services utilizing grant funding from  the U.S. Department for Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime.  

Victim Advocate Jessica Wagner is employed by Cayuga Counseling Services and  has been assigned directly to the Sheriff’s Office under this new partnership. She brings  fours years of experience serving victims and will now be available to immediately partner  with members of the Sheriff’s Office to support those that have been victimized as a result  of criminal activity. Jessica will offer advocacy, referrals, emotional support, safety  services, and more to those served when they need it most.  


“I am proud to partner with Cayuga Counseling on this new initiative that will  allow us to better serve individuals who have been victimized by those that commit crime.  This program will not only assist victims during what may be the most difficult time in  their life, it will also help ensure their safety by making ongoing lifesaving information  and help immediately available. I would like to welcome Jessica to our law enforcement  team.” Sheriff Brian Schenck  

“Cayuga Counseling Services commends the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office on  their support of and commitment to the crime victims residing in our community. We are  grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate on this progressive and much needed  program here in Cayuga County and look forward to working in partnership to  successfully meet the needs of those we serve,” Executive Director Heather Petrus –  Cayuga Counseling Services added.



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