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County’s first community observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, held on the courthouse grounds in Troy. She also works with the Department’s Office of Victim Services to help train victim information coordinators at other prison facilities.

“She performs her duties in a thorough and courteous manner, never receiving a complaint from outside the facility,” said assistant superintendent Timothy Kimble.

Walser also serves on the boards of directors for the Montgomery County Crisis Council and the Daycare Academy of First Wesleyan Church in Troy.

Sgt. Roger Weber

Hoke Correctional Institution

As sergeant in charge of the clothes house and firing range, Weber is one of three people responsible for control and inventory of clothing and supplies, including inmate clothing and officer uniforms.  One day a week, he is on the firing range issuing weapons, ammunition and safety equipment and ensuring their safe return.  He also serves as the inmate transfer coordinator while that position is vacant, and carrying a caseload of about 100 transit inmates.

“Sgt. Weber is dedicated to Hoke Correctional Institution and will gladly give whatever is asked of him,” said Supt. Cordelia Clark. “He never complains when asked to assume additional duties, but just gets the job done.”

Weber, who attended St. Thomas University, is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Lumbee Tribe.

Victim Services reaches out to Hispanics

RALEIGH – The Office of Victim Services has a new employee who is helping reach out to the Spanish-speaking community to let people know about the services available to victims of crime.

“I’ll be translating brochures and other materials, participating in forums and taking part in broadcast interviews to try and get the word out about what we do,” said Brenda Sanchez, victim services coordinator.  “There is so much that can be done and it is rewarding for me to be able to help give victims the tools they need to empower themselves.”

Sanchez is the first bilingual employee to join the Victim Services staff.  She will act as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the Department.  She also hopes to learn more about legislation and policy to continue developing services to aid all victims of crime, not just Hispanics.

“We are thrilled to have someone with her extensive background and experience in corrections and victim services,” said Karen Taylor George, Victim Services director.  “There is a large population of Spanish-speaking families who need our help and it is our responsibility to provide them service.”

A longtime resident of Puerto Rico, Sanchez received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.  She worked for the Department of Correction in Puerto Rico and most recently worked for INTERACT of Wake County, a non-profit agency that provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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