Police officer, Barb Orban, with the City of Charlevoix Police Department is the recipient of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) 2015 Excellence in Service Award for Charlevoix County.
The award recognizes law enforcement officers in each of the counties served by the WRCNM who promote domestic violence victim safety and offender accountability.
“I want to say thanks for the recognition, but the ones that really deserve the recognition are the ones that step forward,” Orban said referencing the courage of survivors.
City of Charlevoix Police Chief, Gerard Doan said he appreciates the recognition of Orban and her work.
“Officer Orban is an outstanding officer who has made a great impression on so many people’s lives because of her hard working attitude toward protecting victims of domestic violence,” said Doan. He said Orban is always eager to get involved and ensures the job is completed in the most professional manner.
Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecutor, Greg Justis, also had praise for Orban’s work. “It’s hard to overstate the importance – or the difficulty – of law enforcement’s role in domestic violence cases.
They need to navigate difficult situations, set the stage for prosecutions and ensure that survivors’ voices are heard. Officer Orban understands this role; she is versed in the dynamics of domestic violence, sensitive to the needs of survivors and a bridge between her department and the Prosecutor’s Office.”
Crime Victim Rights Advocate, Libby Mikulski, who works at the Charlevoix County prosecutor’s office said Orban goes the extra mile in handling domestic abuse cases.
She said Orban addresses concerns of the victim, takes time to explain procedure and thoroughly communicates with both the victim and prosecutor’s office.
“Officer Orban puts great effort into her investigation,” Mikulski said. “She is diligent about arresting the suspect at the time of the reported incident to further ensure the safety of the victim.”
“Over the last year there have been a few stand-out cases that Officer Orban has worked on,” said Jen Rashleigh-Houser, a WRCNM counselor/advocate who works closely with Charlevoix County law enforcement. “The diligence with which Officer Orban handles domestic violence cases supports survivor safety. Barb’s demeanor helps survivors feel validated. The professional and thorough way she investigates these crimes is exemplary.”
Those receiving awards were selected by WRCNM counselor/advocates who provide support services and advocacy for domestic abuse survivors and also work in cooperation with law enforcement in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. Other award honorees for 2015 are: Chief Bill Robbins, Mancelona Police Department; Detective Josh Gladu, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office; Brenda Nowak, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office; and Officer Stefan Crane, Gaylord City Police Department.