FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2015
Supervisor Todd Spitzer Receives “Visionary in Victim Services Award” from Community Service Programs at the 11th Annual Victims’ Rights Conference
(Orange County, CA) — Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer was awarded the Visionary in Victim Services Award from nonprofit Community Service Programs’ (CSP) at their 11th Annual Victim’s Rights Conference. CSP holds the conference to honor victim advocates and to offer education to train law enforcement, social workers, therapists, and those who serve victims. The CSP Victims’ Rights Conference takes place a week prior to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 19-25, 2015).
Community Service Programs selected Chairman Todd Spitzer and Third District Supervisor, to receive the award as he has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to public safety and victims’ rights throughout his career. He has a legislative record of numerous successful efforts that put victims in the forefront; most notably his leadership in the successful campaign to pass Proposition 9, the nation’s most comprehensive victims’ rights law, Marsy’s Law (California Victims’ Bill of Rights).
In Orange County, Supervisor Spitzer has received numerous recognitions for his work in support of crime victims. One special area of public policy focus has been in working to address the county’s significant DUI problem. Supervisor Spitzer held a summit involving stakeholders including public health experts, law enforcement and victim service groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to bring public focus and policy recommendations to county and city leaders. He has also been the driving force for the establishment of a Crime Victims’ Monument, which will be installed at William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine. The Crime Victims’ Monument will pay tribute to victims of crime and provide a gathering space, which will allow for contemplation, remembrance, and healing for those touched by crime.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Todd Spitzer is one of Orange County’s top public safety champions. Chairman Spitzer is a former Assistant District Attorney, Los Angeles Police Officer and Chair of the Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.