For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2013
Contact: Derek Sova
LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was presented with the Legislator of the Year Award today by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association for her work on victim advocacy and her support of law enforcement.
At their 2013 Fall Training Conference in Lansing, the sheriffs organization recognized Sen. Schuitmaker for her contributions.
“Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect Michigan's families,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “As a legislator, it has been a privilege to partner with them to advocate for policies that reduce crime and offer better services to victims, and I look forward to continuing our relationship.”
Schuitmaker has worked to give law enforcement the tools they need to prevent and solve crimes. She has been active on the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking, headed by the attorney general, focusing on victim services.
Last year, Schuitmaker led the effort to strengthen laws protecting seniors, including sponsoring the Silver Alert law that improves law enforcement’s ability to locate missing seniors. She also sponsored legislation that expands penalties paid by criminals to fund efforts to provide crime victims with the support they need.
Schuitmaker also hosts the Michigan Crime Victim Foundation’s Awareness and Recognition Program each year at the State Capitol. The annual event is an opportunity for victims and those who have lost loved ones to gather in remembrance and share memories.
Editor’s Note—The above photo is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s webpage at www.senatortonyaschuitmaker.com. Click on “photowire.”