June's Community Spotlight Member:
D/Sgt. Craig Gormley
D/Sgt. Gormley of the Lapeer City Police Department has been working with the Center ever since the CAC was just an idea that was brought to the table. He has served on multiple committees, he has received CAC Lapeer’s Officer of the Year award in 2010 and 2012, he has served as Vice President, and currently serves as President of the Executive Board. Needless to say, the impact D/Sgt. Gormley has had on the CAC has been outstanding. As a Detective, Sgt. Gormely has been directly involved with the services offered by CAC Lapeer through the investigation of physical and sexual abuse cases. He states, “Having been directly involved with the creation of CAC Lapeer and seeing the impact it has made in the community, the success of the CAC is important to me.” He goes on to say, “Not only does the existence of CAC Lapeer increase the effectiveness and success of the abuse cases involving children, but it also gives the child and the child’s family the support they need to work through the process.”
When D/Sgt. Gormley first started investigating crimes against children, it didn’t take long for him to see the traumatic and devastating effect an incident involving physical and/or sexual abuse against a child has on the child and their family. He states, “Having investigated these types of cases before and after the existence of child advocacy centers, I was able to see the benefits of having a CAC.” According to D/Sgt. Gormley, he recognizes how CAC’s can bring a sense of hope into a seemingly hopeless situation. He goes on to say, “No child should ever have to experience or live through being a victim, and if there is something that I can offer, something I can do that will prevent this type of crime or help a child survive an incident like this, I’ll do it.” For D/Sgt. Gormley, being involved with the CAC has allowed him to fulfill his desire to help.
Whether it be working directly with the children and their families involved with physical and/or sexual abuse cases, planning for the future growth of the CAC, or volunteering his time at numerous CAC events, D/Sgt. Gormley has provided a safe and supportive environment to, not only the CAC, but also the community, through his diligent and caring efforts to advocate for these children. The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County would like to extend our deepest gratitude to D/Sgt. Craig Gormley for being a driving force in lighting the way for a child's future.