Albany Police Chief John Proctor places a white flower in a wreath honoring the local victims of crime Monday at the government center downtown. Local government officials have proclaimed this week as Crime Victim’s Rights Week and are urging all people to remember those impacted by crime.
ALBANY -- One by one, representatives of many of Albany's law enforcement, government and social organizations placed white flowers on a wreath Monday, symbolizing those who are impacted by crime and violence each year.
The issuance of a joint, city-county proclamation by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard is the traditional start of Albany and Dougherty County Victim's Right's Week.
"Mayor Hubbard and I take this very, very seriously," Sinyard said, before turning the podium over to Hubbard, who started reading the proclamation.
The proclamation states in part:
"We Dorothy Hubbard, Mayor of the City of Albany, and Jeff Bodine Sinyard, Chairman of the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim the week of April 28, 2012 as National Crime Victim's Rights Week and reaffirm the commitment of Albany Dougherty County to respect and enforce victims rights and address their needs during Crime Victims Rights Week and throughout the year and express our appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims of crime and build a more just community"
Tonya Hall, director for the District Attorney's Office of Victim Assistance, thanked all of the organizations who work in the area to assist victims of crime.
"Mayor Hubbard, Chairman Sinyard, we'd like to thank the commission for allowing us the time for the proclamation this morning, and of course I'd like to thank all of the agencies and service providers that take a role in the community to help victims on a daily basis," Hall said.
According to the federal government, 18.7 million people fell victim to crime and physical violence in 2011. And, according to Hall, organizations like the local law enforcement and service providers like the Lily Pad SANE Center and the Liberty House work daily to make the lives of those victims more comfortable following a crime.