In 2012, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of Forsyth, Georgia was awarded IACP and Login Inc.’s Excellence in Victim Services Award in the small agency category for their exceptional work with victims through their novel C.A.R.E. Cottage program.
The program was founded in 1992 by Sheriff John Cary Bittick, and accredited in 1998. The C.A.R.E. Cottage, directed by Lt. K.B. Ayer, is a combination children advocacy center and victim/witness program. This program enables the Sheriff’s Office to provide resources and assistance to all victims of crimes. Just a few of the services the C.A.R.E. Cottage provides to victims are counseling, transportation, safe housing, and trial support.