WICHITA – (May 11, 2017) – Dana Gouge, chief investigator with the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, was recognized for his service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victim’s Rights Conference in Wichita.
Gouge was presented the Outstanding Criminal Justice Victim Service Award by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony this morning. Gouge was nominated for the award by Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney.
“Not only did Dana create a Witness Protection Program, he assisted the witness in finding a place to live, a new job, and even took him to the new job on numerous occasions as the witness’ car was destroyed during the attempt on his life,” said Howe. “To our knowledge, this is the first program of its kind in Kansas.”
The Kansas Crime Victims Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Sam Brownback. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.