For Immediate Release - April 24, 2014

Officer Marivelle Crespo of the Boston Police Department Receives Victim Service "Activism" Award

BOSTON – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) awarded Marivelle Crespo of the Boston Police Department (BPD) the “Special Recognition for Activism” award at their annual conference at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to provide services needed by victims and their families to help them recover from crime. Officer Crespo is a 10 year veteran of the BPD who serves as a direct liaison and advocate for victims, families, and communities impacted by violence throughout Boston. A primary focus of her work is connecting families of homicide victims with the Homicide Unit to ensure they are informed and involved with the investigation all while ensuring their wellbeing throughout the process.  Officer Crespo regularly participates in community meetings and events to combat community violence and hosts annual summer cookouts and holiday dinners to maintain the department’s connection with the communities they serve.

“Victim Rights Month serves as an opportunity to recognize those who have one of the most important and lasting impacts on their communities,” AG Coakley said. “Each of the award recipients have demonstrated a long history of selflessly caring for others and we’re lucky to have each of them serving our fellow residents when they are most vulnerable and in need of compassion and honesty.”  

“We are thrilled to present Marivelle with this award whose efforts truly personify the spirit of this award,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “Her efforts to bridge the BPD with the communities and families they serve has made a huge difference in the way the city collectively responds to and prevents varying forms of community violence.”

For further information on the Victim Rights Month events and this year’s award recipients, please visit MOVA’s website www.mass.gov/mova or call 617-586-1340.