Former MPD Detective Provided Victims with Relief
Marion G. Morgan, a retired Madison Police Department detective and recent recipient of a 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, says she connected with local nonprofit agencies to help crime victims heal.
Morgan retired in January 2011 after nearly thirty years with the Madison Police Department. She spent much of this time as a detective investigating sensitive crimes including stalking, sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and homicide.
Prior to working on sensitive crime cases, Morgan investigated property, financial and narcotics crimes, but she says her “passion was ignited” by sensitive crime investigations.
“Working in sensitive crimes was just an incredible opportunity and challenge for me because it is truly an opportunity to work with, and engage in, victim advocacy through the criminal justice system,” she says.
Part of Morgan’s role as a detective was to connect victims to community services like those offered by the Rape Crisis Center and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services or, on a statewide level, resources from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“The victim piece was challenging and appealing to me to be part of, hopefully helping to get to a point where a victim could participate in the criminal justice system and start his or her healing,” she says.
Morgan says victims are not always willing to report a sensitive crime due to fear of being further hurt by an abuser. And even if a crime is reported, the victim may not choose to continue the investigation.
Regardless, the mission of the Madison Police Department remains the same.
“[We] work as a team to help be victim-centered and focused, but hold offenders accountable,” Morgan says.
Morgan was invited to serve on the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Directors while she was a detective and worked for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services during her early years as an officer. She also helped develop the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at Meriter Hospital, which provides victims of sexual crimes with medical and emotional support.
“I love, and still love, police work because it truly is the ultimate social service job,” Morgan says. “It is community service work.”