Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kalyna McGee received a Crime Stoppers Award

mcgee.jpgOn February 6, 2013, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kalyna McGee received a Crime Stoppers Award in recognition for her dedication, tenacity and unselfish service to the citizens of Anderson County.

In October of last year Inv. McGee, arrested and charged three people responsible for numerous property thefts occurring in Regions Three and Four.  In doing so, she cleared 14 cases and recovered approximately $46,850.00 in stolen property.  Her investigation netted the service of 23 arrest warrants (1-Burglary, 4-Larceny, 4-Use of Vehicle without Consent and 14-Possession of stolen property). 

Stopping a crime spree like this would be a feather in any investigator’s cap.  It demonstrates her commitment and professionalism, as well accentuates the passion she has for her job.

Captain Garland Major with
Investigator McGee

Anderson County is now Nationally Certified as a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  (NCMEC) 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.

cmec.jpgAnderson County is now one of only 70 agencies nationwide, and the only one in South Carolina, to have proven their commitment to protecting our children by completing all the necessary steps to become a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office E-911 center achieved this status by successfully completing all of the necessary requirements to become a NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.  The process started in 2010 when Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, Anderson City Police Chief Martin Brown, and several key individuals in County Emergency Management/E-9-1-1 attended a seminar at the NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  From that seminar the commitment was made to make the Anderson County Unified E-9-1-1 Center a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.

Every year 800,000 children go missing in the United States. That’s more than 2,000 children per day. Every 9-1-1 call center must have in place policies and training to help ensure every missing and sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive and unharmed.


911disp.jpgCalls about missing/sexually exploited children can become high profile events that can have a devastating impact on the victims’ families, our community, and even our 9-1-1 call center. That’s why very 9-1-1- call involving missing and/or sexually exploited children must be handled with the best practices available. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office E-911 Communications division has put policies in place, along with additional training to help ensure that every missing or sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive.  Time is critical when responding to reports of missing or sexually exploited children. How these reports are handled is important and can mean the difference between life and death for many children. For many years there was no standardized process that was used by the nation's 9-1-1 Call Centers when answering these types of calls. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) developed an intensive set of training and standard that addresses that problem which provides a step-by-step protocol of how call takers should handle calls of missing or sexually exploited children.


NCMEC urges every 9-1-1 Call Center in the country to begin using the new standard, and strongly recommends that all state officials follow the lead of other agencies that have completed this process, such as Anderson County, to implement the standard at each of their 9-1-1 Call Centers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                        CONTACT:        Debra Holmes/Anderson PD

February 6, 2012                                                                                   864-332-5722

 

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding

for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

 

Anderson, SC – The Anderson Police Department Victim Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The week of April 22 – 28, 2012, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).  This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  The theme for 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim.

Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to 530 communities. OVC also promotes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by sponsoring a Resource Guide that contains educational content, campaign materials, artwork, and public service announcements to increase general public understanding of crime victims’ rights and concerns and to educate crime victims and survivors about available resources.

NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding supports community collaboration on victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year. Anderson Police Department was one of the 82 projects recommended by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by OVC for 2012 from the 146 applications that were submitted nationwide.

According to Joye Frost, Acting Director of OVC, the Community Awareness Project helps generate widespread public awareness of crime victims’ rights and needs, and the importance of engaging all Americans in victim assistance efforts.

“Recent studies show that too many crime victims and survivors do not avail themselves of the many services in our communities that can help them through very devastating experiences. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is our opportunity to support public awareness of crime victims’ rights and the critical, often life-saving, services provided by thousands of programs across our Nation to help crime victims,” Frost said.   

According to Debra Holmes, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Anderson will help bring awareness and education to all area residents.  Events being planned for the week include a Mayoral Proclamation, a free self defense course, informational/book fair at the Anderson County Library branches, a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event and a Protect Your Identity Day. 

“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” Debra Holmes said.  “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

For additional information about 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Anderson, please contact Debra Holmes, 864-332-5722, or visit our Web site at www.andersonpd.com.  For information about national efforts to promote 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov.

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers.  All of the funds for VOCA programs come from criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders and not from taxpayer dollars

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ANDERSON AREA CRIME STOPPERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2011

Crime Stoppers Website

Anderson Area Crime Stoppers Launches New Website

Description: New website for Anderson Area Crime Stoppers, including pages in Spanish, the ability to make a tip on-line, and integration to Social Media

ANDERSON, SC – 2/1/2011 The Anderson Area Crime Stoppers unveiled their new website at their regular meeting held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. This new website should help Crime Stoppers in their efforts to assist law enforcement in Anderson County in solving crimes.

The new site features integration to Social Media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Tips may also be made on-line. There are pages that display most wanted criminals in Anderson County, as well as information on “cold cases.” A unique facet of this site is the professional translation in to Spanish provided by agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The site, with the web address of http://www.andersonareacrimestoppers.com, was well received by law enforcement personnel at the Crime Stoppers meeting. The site was presented by site creator Bob Biermann, from Anderson County Emergency Services, to those that attended. Part of the site's continuing input will be contributed by Public Information Officer for the Anderson Area Crime Stoppers, Chad McBride, and Lt. Tony Tilley of the Anderson City Police Department.  Bob Biermann will maintain and update the site.

One of the goals if this site is to increase community awareness to the work of Crime Stoppers in the Anderson County area of South Carolina.

Contact & Additional Information:

Chad McBride, Public Information Officer

chad.mcbride@andersonareacrimestoppers.com

864-222-6602

Or

Bob Biermann, Webmaster

bob.biermann@andersonareacrimestoppers.com

864-245-2089

 

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