Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sheriff Rambosk Honored For Service To Victims Of Domestic Violence

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk accepts the David S. Crawford Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a ceremony in Tallahassee on Wednesday.Photo by Sgt.Wade Williams/CCSO
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi honored Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk with a prestigious award Wednesday for his service in the community on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

The annual David S. Crawford Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award is named after slain St. Petersburg police officer David Crawford, who was shot and killed in 2011.

At a ceremony in Tallahassee, Attorney General Bondi paid special tribute to law enforcement officers and victim advocates “who put forth extraordinary efforts during 2013 to lessen the impact of victimization on innocent crime victims.” The annual awards ceremony is traditionally held to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Florida. 

“I am honored to have been selected to receive this year’s award,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “I accept it on behalf of all of the hardworking men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office who strive to protect victims of domestic violence and work to hold the perpetrators accountable.”

CCSO partners with The Shelter in the InVEST program, which helps identify through arrest reports those victims who are in potentially lethal situations.  Members of CCSO’s Domestic Violence Section works closely with the Shelter staff and provide these arrest reports to them in order to link victims with services.

Sheriff Rambosk is a member of the board of directors of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. He was the keynote speaker at The Shelter’s Monarch Society luncheon to provide education about issues of domestic violence and human trafficking. He participated in The Shelter’s 25th anniversary kickoff ceremony and has participated on community panels to promote awareness on domestic violence. 

“The members of our Domestic Violence Section work tirelessly to investigate these cases and assist these victims. They are doing the heavy lifting in my opinion,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “I see it as my duty to do what I can to engage and educate the community on this important issue. The bottom line is that everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home.”

Linda Oberhaus, executive director of The Shelter, said Sheriff Rambosk is deserving of the honor. The organization nominated the Sheriff for the award.

“We’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sheriff Rambosk for winning this prestigious award,” said Oberhaus. “As a true partner in our mission to end domestic violence in Collier County, we could not think of a more worthy recipient. Sheriff Rambosk continually goes above and beyond in his commitment to support survivors of domestic violence and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes. We are extremely proud and fortunate to have him serve as a member of our leadership team.”

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Marisol Schloendorn was also honored at the ceremony. Schloendorn was named Outstanding Victim Advocate for her work with victims of human trafficking.