NCPD makes donations to victim services programs


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The North Charleston Police Department is giving back to the community, beyond their daily service work.

Spencer Pryor with NCPD says Mayor Keith Summey along with Police Chief Jon Zumalt will present monetary donations to three victim services programs.

Checks will be presented to People Against Rape for $15,000, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center for $15,000, and The South Carolina Victim's Assistance Network for $10,000 according to Pryor.

"We are pleased to support these very important victim service agencies that are vital to victims of crime in North Charleston," said Police Chief Jon Zumalt.

"In these difficult financial times it is important that we do everything to maintain and provide these services to our citizens," said Mayor Keith Summey.

People Against Rape and Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center provide counseling, safe havens, and personal support to victims. The SC Victim's Assistance Network provides advocacy for victims.

Melonea Locklair Marek, Executive Director for People of Rape, says she's thrilled about these donations and that the money will help assist victims in all new ways.

"Now we can help them get to doctor's appointments; we can help them get to court. This is huge for our organization.I'm just thrilled and I couldn't be happier," Marek said Tuesday.

The donations are sure to make a positive{}impact on the lives of these victims and their families.

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