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October 18 - 31, 2014

Employee profile: Katie Cain Katie Cain in the Chandler Police Department dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer as a child. Cain’s plan evolved in 1995, when she was accepted into the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. The program brought her across country from New England to Alaska, where she volunteered in a domestic violence shelter. She says, “The shelter’s residents sparked the drive I have to assist crime victims.” Instead of becoming the law enforcement office, Cain earned a Master’s Degree in social work. “For almost two decades, I have educated and supported crime victims alongside shelter staff in Alaska, attorneys in New York City and law enforcement officers in New York and Arizona,” Cain says. In her position, she adds that what she loves most about her job is working with a dedicated team of crime victim advocates who are equally devoted to empowering victims to live violence-free lives. Her career with the Chandler Police Department began in 2009. She came to the City after working for seven years as a crime victim advocate with the Mesa Police Department in its Family Advocacy Center. As the supervisor of the Victim

Services Unit, Cain oversees the unit of crime victim advocates. She manages the daily operations and division’s grants, works with collaborative partners and assists crime victims. “In an advocate role, I meet with individuals who have experienced trauma due to a crime,” she says. “I spend time listening and educating them about the criminal justice process, including the police investigation and prosecution of the crime. As we sit together, I assess their emotional and physical safety concerns, risk level for future violence and their individual needs. Together, we discuss a safety plan and determine appropriate interventions and community resources to best help them on their path to recovery and life free of violence.” Cain also serves as the staff liaison for the City’s Domestic Violence Commission, was appointed by the East Valley Police Chiefs Association as a department representative on the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and helped establish the Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys baking and outside activities,

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LONGTIME ADVOCATE: Katie Cain helped establish the Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition. Submitted photo

especially water sports. And those who know her may be surprised to learn that as a child, she wanted to be an Army Paratrooper.

Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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