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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