CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Three local officials have been selected to facilitate a class at the Ohio Attorney General’s “Two Days in May” Conference next week.

Michelle Carpenter, CEO of the Haven of Hope, and Lt. Sam Williams and Lt. Jason Mackie of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office will lead victims-of-crime experts, statewide, through a course called “On Scene – a Coordinated Response.” The subject matter will be a discourse on victim’s advocates and law enforcement officials working together at the scene to assist victims of violent crimes.

Carpenter says research shows that getting a victim’s advocate involved in the process as early as possible reduces “re-victimization” and keeps victims engaged in the legal process by providing trauma support, following a violent crime. A coordinated response by law enforcement and an advocate can keep many victims from “falling through the cracks” of the legal system.

The Guernsey County Haven of Hope is considered a model agency, statewide. On a recent visit to Guernsey County, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called the Haven “one of the most comprehensive services in the State of Ohio” for their high level of response to their clientele.

The trio of facilitators is not without experience. Carpenter has 21 years of service as a victim’s advocate at the Haven of Hope. Williams and Mackie have 23 and 21 years of service, respectively, in law enforcement.

The subject matter was selected by the Attorney General’s Office from many submitted by agencies across the state.

The Conference will take place May 15-16 in Columbus.