Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) At a recent meeting in Lexington, the police department nominated PFC. Sadiyah Cochran their “Officer of the Quarter” awardee for the first quarter of 2018. Cochran is a victim’s advocate for the department. Major Matt Davis presented her with the award.
A number of years ago, the legislature realized that the rights of an accused were protected in the US Constitution and other ways, but there needed to be some protection for a victim’s rights. They drafted legislation that is referred to as the Victim’s Bill of Rights. Eventually, each victim of certain crimes, and their families, may be assigned a victim’s advocate to help them with the process of dealing with the impact a crime may have on them. Most need some guidance through the process of coping with what has happened.
In SC, there’s even an office called the Department of Crime Victims Compensation that is under the SC Attorney General’s Office. That helps victims of crimes deal with the financial burdens of crime like counseling and other recovery efforts. They sometimes even provide some funding for burial of victims of violent crimes. Their mission statement is, “To minimize the impact of crime in South Carolina by providing financial compensation to eligible crime victims and their families.”
Officers like PFC. Cochran work tirelessly at the local level with people who have been impacted by crimes. As a departmental victim’s advocate, she leads the victim or the family through the process of dealing with everything from applying for compensation to dealing with court dates. When PFC. Cochran was nominated for the Officer of the Quarter Award, the nomination cited her dedicated and selfless work in her job. Congratulations to Officer Cochran for her hard work. The citizens of Lexington are lucky to have her.