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Police detective and prosecutor recognized

April 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown Police Department detective and a Frederick County domestic violence prosecutor were recognized by the county Office of the State's Attorney's Victim Witness Unit for their help with a victim of domestic violence, unit director Jill Ritter said Thursday.

Detective Patricia Moulton and Teresa Bean, a Frederick County domestic violence prosecutor, were honored for their assistance to an unnamed domestic violence victim as part of the unit's recognition of national Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Ritter said Thursday that Moulton "has acted over the past year and a half as a neighbor, confidant and friend" to the victim, directing the victim through the proper channels to help protect herself.

Ritter said Bean "has done everything possible to protect this woman. She has even met with her in her home."

"The Victim Witness Unit was very proud of this," Ritter said.

The unit is honoring at least one person a day who went "beyond the call of duty" to help victims of local crimes and their families.

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On Monday, a prosecutor, a Sheriff's Department investigator and a witness were recognized. On Tuesday, five Hagerstown Police Department detectives were recognized. On Wednesday, a Sheriff's Department sergeant was recognized.

The unit receives nominations and makes decisions on who gets recognized based on how the nominee reached out to help, whether they made an impression on the victims or their families, and how they have expressed to them their understanding of what has happened and what will happen in the future, Ritter wrote.

Each honoree is recognized with a certificate of appreciation from State's Attorney Charles Strong and gets a donated breakfast and gift donations from local establishments.

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