Law Enforcement and partner agencies sport colors of support

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RAPID CITY, SD– Local law enforcement and other crime victims’ partners are helping to raise awareness. The group is posing for a photo in front of Rapid City’s Public Safety Building to raise awareness for victims of crime. Members of the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s office, and Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office are wearing colors of support. Purple is designated for Crime Victim’s Rights Week, teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and dark blue for Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month.

The photo opportunity has become an annual tradition to show victims of crime that they’re not alone. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Victims Specialist Scott Hultgren says,

“It’s to let people know that if they are a crime victim that they have rights, that there is access to a number of resources throughout the community, beyond what we do in the law enforcement sector and with the court system. There’s resources available and that’s available to everybody.”

Crime Victim’s Rights Week has been recognized since the Crime Victims Fund and Victims of Crime Act were put in place during the Regan Administration.

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