Restoring hope

Detroit Postal Inspector in Charge E.C. Woodson, far right, helps lay flowers in a Detroit park to honor crime victims April 10. Also pictured are representatives from other law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI. Image:

Postal Inspectors helped place a commemorative stone in a Detroit park April 12, one of several events held across the nation this week to honor crime victims.

“We must always take action to ensure crime victims are never forgotten,” said Detroit Postal Inspector in Charge E.C. Woodson. “After the headlines, after the convictions and after the sentencing, the victims of crime always matter.”

The Detroit ceremony was part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which the Department of Justice organizes in partnership with USPS, the Postal Inspection Service and other federal law enforcement and nonprofit organizations.

This year’s theme, “Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope,” highlights how early intervention and victim services can help these individuals heal and recover.

The Postal Inspection Service has victim-witness coordinators in each field division. The coordinators work with postal crime victims and witnesses to ensure they are aware of their rights and available support services.

The Inspection Service’s Delivering Trust site has additional information, including tips to avoid becoming a crime victim.