Spotlight on The Vermont Department of Corrections: 2011 Hero Award Winner – Government & Law Enforcement Category
The 2012 Everyday Hero Award program will launch soon so check out the winners from last year and maybe you can be a winner too!
Background of Hero Award Program:
Three customers from the Thomson Reuters Fraud Prevention & Investigations business were selected as winners of the first-ever Hero Award in 2011 for their submissions of compelling success stories brought about through the use of one of Thomson Reuters public records search products: CLEAR, Westlaw PeopleMap or Batch Services. The Hero Award recognizes how these products promote societal good and the rule of law.
Submissions were sought in three areas: Government and Law Enforcement, Law Firm, and Corporate. The prizes were given in the form of a $10,000 charitable donation on behalf of each winner to an approved Hero Award-sponsored charity.
The winner in the Government and Law Enforcement category of the 2011 Hero Award was The Vermont Department of Corrections for its use of the CLEAR product to help locate and apprehend a convicted sex offender who had evaded capture for 21 years. The customer’s chosen charity was the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Winning Story of The Vermont Department of Corrections:
Sex offender apprehended after 21 years on the run.
In 1989, Vermont had an offender who was convicted of sexual assault on a minor. The offense involved his repeated molestation of his girlfriend’s 5 year-old daughter. While on bail, he fled the state prior to sentencing. Over the years attempts were made to locate the offender to no avail. The offender was rumored to have relocated to the State of New York, or with family in Florida or Massachusetts. In 2009, the Vermont Department of Corrections continued its search of the missing sex offender through the use of CLEAR. Investigators were able to track the offender from Vermont to Texas and finally Mississippi. In September of 2010, investigators were able to pin-point the location of the offender, and with the assistance of the Hinds County Sherriff’s Department the offender was apprehended. After 21 years on the run he returned to the State of Vermont for incarceration.
Read more 2011 winning stories and stay tuned for more details on the 2012 Everyday Hero Award program…