Secretary Gary Maynard and DPSCS Honored At Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon

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Towson, MD (April 29, 2011)---DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard was honored today with the Virginia Mahoney Award for “epitomizing true leadership in support of victims rights” during the annual Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon. The Virginia Mahoney Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding leader who has set the standard for excellence and professionalism in the field of victim services. Other DPSCS employees were honored, including members of the DPSCS Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) Kaizen Team.

Speaking to the honorees and guests, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown emphasized the O’Malley Administration’s commitment to improving public safety and victims’ services and credited Secretary Maynard, a nearly 40-year corrections veteran, with providing a unique and creative approach to improve the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board’s processes to make them easier for victims to access and understand.

Part of that creative approach included assembling a “Kaizen Team” to thoroughly examine and refine CICB’s processes, and make victims who need services there feel less intimidated by another level of government. That Kaizen Team also won an award today for its work to transform CICB’s direction and policy to allow for sensitive and timely interaction with victims who submit claims. CICB uses offender fees and other funding to pay victims back for certain expenses incurred as a result of violent crimes committed against them and their loved ones.

Attended by more than 250 people in 2011, the Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards are presented each year to individuals and agencies in the public and private sectors who have demonstrated outstanding performance in serving Maryland’s crime victims.

Other DPSCS employees honored at the annual event include: Division of Parole and Probation Victim Services Coordinator Charles Whitley III; BK Blankchtein, a physical training and defensive tactics instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions; and Tiffeny Serrano of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Throughout its system, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services places great emphasis on victim services issues. Each agency has employees dedicated

solely to victim services. And the Department this year, as always, was a leading agency during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, during which many DPSCS agencies hosted regional open houses to showcase victim services all over the State of Maryland.

The awards today to Secretary Maynard, the CICB Kaizen Team and DPSCS employees, demonstrate the high priority DPSCS places on victim services.