The Marion Police Department chose Tammy Wolf for the April Employee Spotlight.
Wolf is the Victim’s Advocate for the MPD, meaning she works with the victims of crime within Marion city limits.
Any city employee is eligible for this recognition, but Wolf was nominated differently than most Employee Spotlights.
A civilian who was helped by Wolf submitted a letter on Facebook. This letter was then shown to Chief of Police Angela Haley, who said that Wolf was the perfect person to receive this honor.
“I’ve known Tammy for several years,” Chief Haley said. “She’s a very genuine person with a big heart, and she cares about the people that she helps in this job … she really has a passion for this kind of work and it shows. It totally shows in everything she does here.”
When it comes to the work she does, Wolf said that many people think that Victim’s Advocates only help victims of domestic violence crimes, but they actually help those of any crime that has a victim.
“We’ll make contact with them, let them know that here, when there’s an arrest made we’ll let them know when the court days are. Then we go to court and we’re like their voice in court.” They work with the prosecutor to ensure that the victim receives any restitution owed to them.
Wolf said that domestic cases are a large part of her job. She often refers victims to any other agencies such as therapy and support groups so the victim can get the help they need.
Wolf said that her favorite part of her job are the stories of success she experiences.
“The women that come back and tell me how much I helped them, the ones I stay in contact with still, after years. Pretty much just feeling like I helped do some good in the world,” Wolf said.