Oakland County Officials Collaborate to Honor Crime Victims’ Service Providers

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, in recognition of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, April 19-25, 2015, Oakland County Officials will honor two outstanding individuals and two organizations for their extraordinary work on behalf of crime victims.

This year’s honorees for the Victims’ Service Distinction Awards include: START program for sexual assault victims; the Oakland County Sheriff 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, who also sits on Governor Rick Snyder’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, Michigan.    

According to the press release, 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.

“The individuals and organizations that we are honoring have engaged communities and empowered victims through their tireless work. We applaud their commitment and dedication,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman.

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. Sheriff Bouchard and Prosecutor Cooper were instrumental in the selection of the award recipients, for their Professional Innovation in Victim Services.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard expressed the following:

“When citizens are facing the worst moments of their lives, it is reassuring to know that there are esteemed individuals, like Reverend Goddard to help deal with the pain and heartache,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “Reverend Goddard’s compassion and kindness for those in a time of need sets an example for all of us and we are blessed to have him on our team.”

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  1. Deborah Mayer says

    Looking for Michael Goddard to do a service for my father. Michael did a service for my nephew about a year ago. His name was Michael Menard. Please forward this to Mike so I can speak to him concerning this matter asap.. Thank you

    • Unfortunately, we have no contact information for Chaplain Goddard, nor were we able to find any on the Oakland County Sheriff’s website. Perhaps if you called the sheriff’s office directly at (248) 858-5000, they would be able to put you in contact with Chaplain Goddard. Sorry that we could not provide you with more useful information.

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