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Robin Taylor

2021 Award for First Responders | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards
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Robin Taylor | Award for First Responders
Geauga County Sheriff's Office
Chardon, Ohio

Robin Taylor has been a full-time member of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department since 2006. She began her career as a uniformed first responder, before accepting a position as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Deputy in 2010, where she now specializes in the investigation of violent crimes perpetrated against women. 

In 2019, Deputy Taylor responded to, or assisted in the follow up of, 367 cases of domestic violence/dispute-related calls. She made 59 domestic violence arrests, responding to 65 violations of protection orders and 36 sex offense calls, including 18 rape calls and 22 menacing, stalking, and dating violence calls. That year, WomenSafe, domestic violence shelter and resource center, named Deputy Taylor the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. 

One example of Deputy Taylor’s dedication to assisting victims of domestic violence occurred when she responded to a 92-year-old woman who had activated her emergency alert and reported that an argument between her and her daughter-in-law escalated to the point where the daughter-in-law pushed the woman down and injured her, then took her walker away. Deputy Taylor investigated the case and arrested the daughter-in-law for domestic violence, obtaining a felony charge. 

Another example of her investigative efforts resulted in a serial domestic violence offender getting a 6-year prison sentence for assaulting his wife in April 2020. 

During her tenure as the VAWA Deputy, Deputy Taylor has trained all members of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office to serve as first responders to domestic violence calls. She has also provided training on civil and juvenile protection orders. Deputy Taylor is the principal point of contact for the Amish community on domestic violence and reporting requirements. Her relationship to this community formed after the Amish Safety Committee discovered that underage Amish females were posting pictures of themselves in situations that exposed them to online predators, and invited Deputy Taylor to create a presentation on the dangers of the internet and social media. 

Deputy Taylor is also Co-Chair of the Geauga County Sexual Assault Response Team, and a subject matter expert for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council’s domestic violence curriculum.

2021 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Tribute Video

Watch this tribute video about Robin Taylor, 2021 recipient of the Award for First Responders.