Each month, the staff at Prevail nominates and votes on an outstanding community partner it would like to recognize for going above and beyond when working with victims of crime and abuse. For November, the local hero was Westfield police Det. Brett Bays.
“When your life has been upended by a crime, compassion, empathy and understanding are key,” Prevail Youth Service Coordinator Brittany Winebar said in her nomination of Bays. “Throughout his investigations, Det. Brett Bays remains focused on listening to families and victims who have experienced sexual violence, getting them connected to appropriate resources in the community and maintaining the integrity of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) protocol.
Prevail is a Noblesville-based advocacy group for victims of crime and abuse. Prevail officials said Bays has been open to expanding his knowledge in evidence-based best practices by attending national conferences with the team and is open to feedback about how to make the process more cohesive for the people involved.
“From an advocacy standpoint, families and survivors impacted by sexual violence always express that he is extraordinarily helpful,” Winebar said. “He is willing to break things down for them and follows through on what he says he will do. With every case, he coordinates with other members of the SART team on the case. He is an exceptional law enforcement officer and detective.”
The Westfield Police Dept. also received the “Go Purple” Award from Prevail in recognition of those who wore purple during the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information on Prevail, visit www.prevailinc.com.