ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced that the 2016 Ceremony of Remembrance was held today at the Albany County Crime Victims Memorial in Academy Park to honor victims of crime. The event, organized by Albany County Stop DWI, The Albany Police Department, The Albany County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michele E. Martin Memorial Trust, honored the theme of “Serving Victims, Building trust, Restoring Hope.” National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time to honor crime victims and those who tirelessly advocate on their behalf.
Today at the Ceremony, local dignitaries and advocates gathered to hear crime victim survivors reflect on the difficult journey that many people face after being affected by crime. The event was emceed by Mary Tanner-Richter, Bureau Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to honoring the journeys of crime victim survivors, the Ceremony also highlighted the positive efforts of local law enforcement and community agencies in their support of crime victims and emphasized how community can come together to support needs of victims and survivors through all phases of the healing process, from the moment the crime is committed to long after an offender is sentenced.
At the ceremony today, the Elizabeth Martin Outstanding Achievement in Victim Advocacy Award was presented to Tricia George, former Supervising Crime Victim Caseworker at the Albany County DA’s Office. Ms. George received a B.S. Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminal Justice from the College of Saint Rose in 1997. Ms. George was employed at the Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center in 1999, then in 2006 she became the first ever victim and witness specialist to be employed at the Albany County DA’s Office. She has recently taken a new position with the University at Albany as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. During her 16 years coordinating victim services in Albany County, Ms. George assisted thousands of victims of crime as they navigated through the criminal justice system. She was on the “front lines” of advocacy daily, providing crisis intervention, educating victims on their rights within the criminal justice system, as well as making referrals to appropriate service providers in the community. Ms. George also served as a member of several crime victim related coalitions, task forces, and resource teams. Her unparalleled career in victim services has earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues in law enforcement, as well as the accolades of so many children, young adults, men, women, and senior citizens that relied on her like a lifeline during their most difficult days as they transitioned from crime victim to survivor.
In addition, the Sheriff George L. Infante Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award was presented to Detective Jason Vogel and Detective Kevin Quinlivan, partners in the Albany Police Department for over 16 years, from their days in the patrol unit to today where they work to combat some of the most serious crimes in our community. Detective Jason Vogel was born and raised in Albany and sworn in as an officer in 1997. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in 2004. Detective Kevin Quinlivan was also born and raised in Albany, and sworn in as an officer in the year 2000. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in 2006. Among their many years of public service, the detectives have each attended several trainings relating to the art of investigating homicides and conducting interviews of witnesses, victims, and defendants. They have worked on thousands of cases together in their years of service, and carry the reputation as dedicated and thorough in their casework, and compassionate to victims of crime that they encounter. They have assisted victims of some of the most violent crimes, and their paramount police work has led to the arrest and conviction of some of the most dangerous individuals that threatened our public safety. Detectives Vogel and Quinlivan hold the respect of their colleagues in law enforcement and are most deserving to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in law enforcement.
“Today we commit to the theme of this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: Serving, Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope. We work every day to serve victims of crime with dignity and respect, to build trust in our communities as a cornerstone of public safety, and to restore hope for a safer world. Many thanks to our partners in law enforcement and our allies in the community who day in and day out support victims of crime,” commented District Attorney Soares.
“The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center has worked in our community to support crime victims, provide needed services and help those in need regain their dignity and assisted over 12,000 people in the last year,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Today’s event reminds us that we need to continue our advocacy work and remain committed to our mission of assisting those impacted by crime.”
“Today, we stand with all victims of crime and recommit ourselves to hearing their voices and respecting and protecting their rights,” said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “We thank them for broadening the scope of justice in the criminal process by securing the role and rights of victims, and we rededicate ourselves to ameliorating their pain and suffering, whenever and wherever possible.”
For more information on National Crime Victim Rights Week and the memorials, events and programs occurring throughout the Capital Region click here.
For more information on the Albany County District Attorney’s Office Crime Victim Unit please contact our office at (518) 487-5460.
For more information about this annual event please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710.
Crime victim survivor Clare Falese recalls her experiences with the criminal justice system
Crime victim survivor Sandy LaPlante speaks at the memorial about her journey from victim to survivor
Tricia George, former Supervising Crime Victim Caseworker at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office receives the 2016 Elizabeth Martin Outstanding Achievement in Victim Advocacy Award from District Attorney Soares
Albany Police Department Detectives Jason Vogel and Kevin Quinlivan receive the Sheriff George L. Infante Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award from District Attorney Soares
The flags around the Albany County Crime Victim Memorial represent the life and memory of loved ones who have been lost or impacted as a result of crime.