Law Enforcement Honored for Going Beyond the Call of Duty
The United States Attorneys Office worked over 10.4 million cases in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Meaning millions of victims have been affected by crime in just the last year.On Thursday, Thomas Delahanty II, the United States Attorney for the District of Maine, honored people who have gone above and beyond to help those people here Maine. Robert Fritsch knows first hand what it is to be a victim, he said “Our home was broken into in Sept. of 2008. They turned our house upside down. It was a ransack.” But when Fritsch’s Dexter home was burglarized, this former Connecticut Police Officer, refused to sit back and let it happen to others. Fritsch worked with the Waterville Police to catch Jerome Richards – who is now spending four years in a Federal Prison. The former officer and the Waterville Police Department were honored for their help in the investigation. Seventeen members of Law Enforcement received recognition for their work as part of National Crime Victims Week.This year, the event holds even more weight. It comes just days after the nation watched as federal and local law enforcement worked together to help protect the people of Boston. Delahanty said, “The Skoby case here is a prime example of how things like that can happen on the local level.”Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriffs, The Maine Warden Service, Boarder Patrol and ATF Agents all helped track down Nicholas Skoby – just 30 minutes after he robbed a Rite-Aid Pharmacy. Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said, “There are no turf wars going on in law enforcement in Penobscot County and we’re all very proud of that.”Ross said it’s important that various different agencies work together, because in the end, all of them are working for the victims.