Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard unveiled two special patrol vehicles today to honor the victims of domestic violence and patients of breast cancer.
This year the Sheriff's Office worked with VSP Graphics to develop two different color schemes to show the agency's support and raise the public's awareness especially in October which is dedicated to each of the causes.
The purple patrol vehicle recognizes the victims of domestic violence and helps raise the awareness of this crime that knows no economic or social boundaries. One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
"Although my office has witnessed a decrease in the number of domestic violence incidents in 2016, there remains too many times my Domestic Violence Deputies are called to a scene. I continue to stand up for victims of domestic violence by maintaining a zero-tolerance policy and mandatory arrest order for individuals who commit misdemeanors or higher," states Sheriff Timothy Howard. "My office is committed to raising the awareness of the victims who often live in fear and silence as well as ending domestic violence."
The Erie County Sheriff's Office wants victims to know about the Order of Protection Notification Program, which allows domestic violence victims to register to be notified by phone, text message, or e-mail when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served. This service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week and the Erie County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Hotline - 716.858.7999.
The second program is the Prisoner Release Notification Program (powered by VINE®), which allows crime victims to be notified by phone or e-mail in the event of an offender's release from jail or prison. This service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The pink vehicle recognizes women battling breast cancer and the survivors of this deadly disease as well as remembers the victims of breast cancer.
Sheriff Howard said, "Last year my wife and I unveiled a Breast Cancer Awareness vehicle. Many people didn't know it at the time, but Sue just completed surgery and was continuing treatment for breast cancer, that is why this issue is so close to me. It is estimated that 1-in-8 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and although screening and treatment of this disease is increasing, we can never stop spreading the word about the importance of early screening to catch this disease."
The cars will remain wrapped in the colors for all of October.