by J.O. Parker
Poweshiek County Deputy Steve Kivi was recently honored for his care and compassion while working with survivors of sexual assault.
Crisis Intervention Services (CIS) Crime Victims’ Rights Committee presented Deputy Kivi with the 2019 Crime Victim’s Service Award on Aug. 7, 2019. Deputy Kivi, who has been with the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and in law enforcement for 22 years, was among four recipients of the 2019 awards from throughout CIS’s 12 county region.
A CIS Committee spokesperson said Deputy Kivi was nominated and eventually selected by the committee.
“His continued efforts to provide care and compassion when working with survivors of sexual assault (is commendable),” noted CIS Committee spokesperson.
Deputy Kivi’s effort, determination and care regarding the backlogged case the committee worked on in the beginning of the year was among the many reasons he was selected for this honor.
“I’m truly honored and flattered,” said Deputy Kivi. “I’m honored to be trusted to work these types of cases.”
Most of the cases he works are centered around child sexual abuse or physical abuse.
“Unfortunately, it is more common than people think,” said Deputy Kivi. “This stuff happens everywhere.”
“Deputy Kivi has done an excellent job as an investigator,” added Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel. “Since he was appointed, he has never lost a case that has gone to trial. He shows a lot of compassion to the victims.”
Deputy Kivi was appointed to the position of Investigator by Sheriff Tom Kriegel in 2013.