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Commissioners recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Friday, April 26, 2024 - The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners approved the week of April 21–27 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week during their regular scheduled meeting on Monday.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual event that is dedicated to raising awareness about victims' rights while honoring crime victims and their families.

Sequoyah County Investigator Cindy Smith stated, “During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we emphasize victims of crimes and their rights because many aren’t aware they even have rights.”

In the past, the Sequoyah County deputies provided packets to victims when they went out on calls; however, the department is currently working to make this information more accessible to the community.

“Last week, Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office Victim Service Specialist Sarah Ridinger started working with our web designer to add all crime victims' rights information, documentation, links, and resources to our website,” Undersheriff Charles House said.

Deputies will now transition from providing physical packets to offering QR codes that lead directly to the website. This not only helps streamline the process but also ensures that individuals can easily find the information they need, even in moments of distress.

According to both House and Ridinger, they haven’t been able to find any other agency in the state that provides this information on their website.

This proactive approach reflects the department's dedication to serving the Sequoyah County community and supporting victims of crimes.

LIndsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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