Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) recognized deputy Nathan Kaminski of the Charlevoix County Sheriff Office for his work in promoting domestic violence victim safety and offender accountability.
Kaminski is one of five law enforcement representatives to receive the Excellence in Service award in the WRCNM’s five-county service area.
The awards are presented in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Kaminski said the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has specific policies in place and provides extra training on how to handle and investigate domestic violence cases.
“Oftentimes victims have to relive a traumatic incident through the investigative process,” he said. “Through our training we try to make that process as painless as possible and get victims the help they need in order to stop the cycle of violence. I’m honored to receive such an award.”
“Deputy Kaminski is a very hardworking, conscientious and thorough officer,” said Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof. “This not only helps victims but also is a key to prosecution and holding offenders responsible.”
Libby Mikulski, Victim Advocate/Witness Coordinator at the Prosecutor’s Office said Kaminski does a great job investigating each call he responds to.
“It is clear that his top priority is to keep the citizens of Charlevoix County safe not only during his investigation but after the fact. He goes above and beyond by listening to the concerns of each victim of the crime and to tries to ensure their safety. I often hear from victims how nice he treated them and that he listened to what they had to say.”
Jen Rashleigh-Houser, WRCNM counselor/advocate said that how officers respond during a domestic abuse call is critical.
“When survivors talk about what happened the night police were called it becomes clear just how important that initial response is on the scene,” she said.
“Every time a survivor has mentioned Deputy Kaminski it’s been to say how kind he was, how he went out of his way to make sure they felt safe, that this wasn’t their fault and that this behavior is not normal.”
Rashleigh-Houser added, “To see that from an officer right there in the middle of things is amazing and it leaves a firm impression on survivors.”
Sheriff Don Schneider echoed praise for Kaminski, “If I could clone him, I would. He’s professional, he really enjoys doing his job, and he’s always looking forward to improving himself and volunteering for collateral duties.”
WRCNM counselor/advocates select recipients of the Excellence in Service award because they often work cooperatively with law enforcement on domestic abuse situations in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
Honorees in other counties are:
Deputy Skyler Skrobecki, Antrim County Sheriff’s Office;
Sergeant Brandon Blumke, Tuscarora Township Police Department;
Officer Scott Gosciak, City of Petoskey Department of Public Safety;
Trooper Brock Artfitch, Gaylord Michigan State Police Post.