Camden County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that it has successfully been awarded a grant totaling $82,231 to continue funding towards a full-time Domestic Violence Investigator. The role has been filled by Cpl. Shawn Kobel over the last two years, and this grant will allow for the sheriff’s office to maintain his position.

Camden County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that it has successfully been awarded a grant totaling $82,231 to continue funding towards a full-time Domestic Violence Investigator. The role has been filled by Cpl. Shawn Kobel over the last two years, and this grant will allow for the sheriff’s office to maintain his position.

Kobel has been involved with creating partnerships in the community between victim advocates, SART, area victim shelters and more. Captain Chris Twitchell says that this money will not only go towards paying Kobel’s salary, but also towards new equipment and further training opportunities.

Twitchell says the sheriff's office is excited to continue developing this role and is proud that the grant was awarded. He says they plan to put Kobel through further secual assault traing scenarios to help develop his abilities. He says they intend to fully take advantage of this opportunity.

During the previous grant cycle that they were awarded, Camden County had set a goal of serving approximately 300 domestic violence victims within a year’s time. They were able to not only meet this goal, but exceed it by reaching over 500. This increase helped them receive an even higher grant total this cycle and is now a number that Twitchell says they will shoot to reach even higher for.

“We want to make this program better each year,” Twitchell said.

Twitchell says that Kobel has been effective in shortening the disconnect between law enforcement agents and the victim service provided after these cases. Overall, he says he has been a great addition to the Camden County Sheriff's Office and is excited to be able to bring him back once more.