Sheriff: Life-Saving Award, Victim Relocation Show Success of ‘Modernized’ Tactics Against Domestic Violence
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain presented a life-saving award to a Sheriff’s Office sergeant and social worker this week — which he says is just one example of the success of a new unit within the Sheriff’s Investigations Division known as the Special Victims Team.
The Sheriff’s Office launched the Special Victims Team in November 2020, after recognizing that “quite often sheriff’s deputies do not have the time or resources to properly support crime victims over an extended period of time to prevent further victimization,” Hain said.
The team is led by sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon McKiness, and includes two detectives who specialize in juvenile, domestic violence, and senior victims. The team added the sheriff’s first social worker, Nicole Krupp, when the unit began.
“The establishment of this team and their integration into our daily public safety work was seamless and is a prime example of the vast modernization of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office over the last two-plus years,” Hain said in a news release.
Within three months of the team’s inception, the caseload grew to capacity, and the Sheriff’s Office hired a second social worker, Desiree Avitia.
“All of this hiring and restructuring was done using the sheriff’s existing budget,” Hain said.
After six months, the team has supported and continues to support 440 victims, and members of the team have analyzed a 1,220 cases across Kane County.
One of their most notable acts, Hain said, was the care and confidence-gaining of a severe domestic violence victim who had historically not cooperated with law enforcement.
“The extensive follow-up work to gain the trust of this victim resulted in criminal charges finally being brought against the offender, the granting of an order of protection, and the residential relocation of the victim to further protect her from harm,” Hain said.
Hain presented a life-saving award to McKiness and Krupp at recent County Board Committee meeting for their work on the case.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release