Eva Smith, a Butte College police officer, was honored by the Butte County Victims Assistance Center for her service to crime victims and survivors and continued advocacy for victims’ rights during a special ceremony.
The public ceremony coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 -25.
Officer Smith is one of several recipients being acknowledged for her above and beyond the call of duty efforts on behalf of crime victims on the college campus and Butte College’s Safe Place as well as for her work with the Rape Crisis Center and Catalyst, a haven for abused women and their children.
Described by those who know and work with her as fair, non-judgmental and always willing to go the distance for any crime victim, Smith is a fierce defender of students’ and women’s rights. She was responsible for writing and implementing a non-stalking policy for the college and regularly advocates for training in the dynamics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking for herself and fellow campus law enforcement officers.
“We are thrilled that Officer Smith was recognized for her efforts in serving our college community,” said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. “She demonstrates the leadership qualities that have benefited our students and is well deserving of this honor.”