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April 21, 2011 - Ken Blackburn, Director of the Shelby County District Attorney General's Victim/Witness Unit, was honored along with other Shelby County employees who have completed twenty-five or more years of service.
Shelby County Government sponsored the event, held on Thursday at the Agricenter International. Shelby County D.A. Amy Weirich presented Blackburn with a certificate and his thirty year service pin during the ceremony. "We are extremely proud of Ken's service at the Victim/Witness Unit," said D.A. Weirich. "Ken's compassion for our citizens in their most vulnerable moments is exceeded only by his dedication to our mission."
Ken Blackburn, a 1979 graduate of Memphis State University, started his career with the D.A.'s office upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. After two years on the job, he was named Director of the Victim/Witness Unit in 1981. Under his direction, the Victim/Witness Unit grew from three employees to sixteen full time victim/witness coordinators. Blackburn has served on the board of the Tennessee Victims’ Rights Coalition, and the Tennessee District Attorney Generals' Conference Steering Committee for Victim/Witness Coordinators. He was named the 1997 Victim Service Professional of the Year. Blackburn testified before the Tennessee General Assembly's Joint Committee, making recommendations for what was to become the Victims' Rights Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution.
The Shelby County District Attorney General's Victim/Witness Unit ensures that victims and witnesses of crime understand the court process and coordinates their participation in legal proceedings. The Victim/Witness coordinators also assist crime victims in identifying service organizations and furnishing information on applying to the Tennessee Criminal Injury Compensation Fund.
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