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Hart recognized with victim service award

Christina Proctor

The law works to ensure the rights of the defendant are protected. Detective Martin Hale never forgets the victims.

Hale, a South Lake Tahoe officer who primarily deals with crimes against children, was recognized with the victim service award last week. Susan Meyer, program coordinator, said the award, now in its eighth year, recognizes individuals who provide outstanding service for victims of crime.

“Marty is very compassionate and it shows up in his reports. Every victim he has ever come in contact with has had nothing but favorable comments on how he treated them,” Meyer said. “He’s goes out of his way to see that the victims are referred to the appropriate services and counseling, and he follows up. A victim’s treatment in the criminal justice system can really affect their healing process. Sometimes they end up feeling victimized twice. Marty works to make sure that does not happen.”

Hale, 40, works daily with a type of crime that can be emotionally draining.

“It can be difficult when you see the children who have been subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse. You feel bad that someone would put them through so much misery,” he said. “You don’t want to take their situation lightly. These kids are No. 1. They are just not another case, or another victim.”

To keep officers like Hale from burning out, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department transfers them to different beats. Starting this month Hale will take over the “white collar” crime beat and a new officer will be the lead investigator in crimes against children.

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