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Police1 talks with Mary Nero about her role as a homicide victim advocate

Nero’s team is expanding at a crucial time, as the city of Greensboro, N.C., has experienced a record number of homicides this past year

In Greensboro, North Carolina, a unique position within the police department bridges the gap between law enforcement and the community it serves, particularly those affected by violent crimes.

Mary Nero, a seasoned detective turned advocate, embodies this pivotal role as the Homicide Victim Advocate for the Greensboro Police Department. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Nero, where she shared her transformative journey from patrolling the streets and unraveling mysteries as a homicide detective to advocating for victims and their families with a level of compassion only someone with her background could offer.

This transition was not merely a career shift but a response to a growing need within the community, driven by Nero’s desire to make a tangible difference. As violent crime rates rose and the public’s outcry for justice and support became louder, Nero recognized an opportunity to apply her unique skills and insights where they were most needed — supporting those left in the wake of tragedy.

Her initiative and dedication led to the creation of a role that bridges the crucial gap between law enforcement and victim support, underscoring the importance of empathy, communication and community in overcoming adversity.

In the video above, Nero delves into the challenging yet rewarding world of victim advocacy. Her journey illuminates the evolving landscape of law enforcement, where roles like hers are increasingly essential in addressing not only the crimes but also the human impact behind the statistics.

Read the full interview here.

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