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In 2005, Verizon Wireless launched the HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award to honor the efforts of public safety organizations across the country that are committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue, and educating communities about domestic violence.
HopeLine’s work with law enforcement organizations includes:
Check out images of our past Law Enforcement Partnership Award recipients.
Verizon Wireless presented Chief Dan Trelka and the Waterloo, Iowa Police Department with the company’s HopeLine® Champion Award: Law Enforcement Partnership for its role in investigating domestic violence cases and partnering with the cities Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART). In 1995, prior to the start of the DART team, 33 percent of Waterloo’s approximately 493 annual domestic violence cases were dismissed due to the inability to successfully prosecute the cases. For the first half of 2011 (January 1 to June 30) Black Hawk County reduced the dismissal rate of these cases to 16.7 percent. In addition to the award, Verizon Wireless also gave a $10,000 grant to domestic violence agency Seeds of Hope through the company’s HopeLine program. The grant will be used to provide advanced domestic violence training to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, victim service providers and others involved in the criminal justice system. Pictured left to right: Terry Helinski, Executive Director, Seeds of Hope Seeds of Hope; Police Chief Dan Trelka; Jeff Pritchard, government account manager-Verizon Wireless; Tom Ferguson, Black Hawk County Attorney.
In October 2011, Verizon Wireless presented Chief Keith Witt and the Bismarck Police Department with the company’s HopeLine® Champion Award: Law Enforcement Partnership. The award honored the department’s commitment to a collaborative victim-centered community response for victims of domestic violence, ensuring they receive receive both justice and access to needed services. In recognition of the police department’s work, Verizon Wireless presented the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) with a $15,000 HopeLine® grant for use with the agency’s operating expenses and underwriting of the annual PULSE recognition luncheon where the award was presented. Pictured lef to right: Keith Witt, Bismarck Police Chief; Diane Zainhofsky, executive director of the AARC; Wayne Stenehjem, Attorney General of North Dakota; and Cary Degenstein, associate director government—Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless.
In July 2010, Verizon Wireless honored the New England Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) for its dedication to keeping local communities safe and its work to benefit victims of domestic violence. Verizon Wireless also made a HopeLine grant of $10,000 to the Family Justice Center of Boston (FJC) in recognition of the FBINAA’s work. The FJC, a program of the Boston Public Health Commission, is comprised of on-site partner organizations that support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. The donation will provide for enhancements to the FJC's on-site training space where over 3,000 professionals attended training in 2009. Pictured left to right: Kevin Joyce, New England chapter president, FBINAA and Chief Deputy at the Cumberland County, Maine, Sheriff’s Office; Gabe Esposito, director, corporate security and business continuity at Verizon Wireless; Anne Marie Delaney, director, FJC; Kelli-Beth Conway, development manager, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
In June 2010, Verizon Wireless honored Sheriff Sandra Hutchens of Orange County Sheriff's Department with the HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award at the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) annual conference. Under the leadership of Sheriff Hutchens, the Family Protection Unit in Orange County investigated more than 2,600 criminal and non-criminal acts in 2009. A special $10,000 HopeLine grant was also presented to Laura’s House in recognition of Sheriff Hutchens’ work. Pictured left to right: Sheriff John E. Zaruba, Du Page County, Ill., outgoing 2009 president of the NSA; Aaron D. Kennard, executive director of the NSA; Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Orange County, Calif.; Gabe Esposito, director, corporate security at Verizon Wireless.
In May 2010, Verizon Wireless presented Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy J. Dolan with the HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award. The award honored his commitment to reducing domestic violence in Minneapolis, including implementing city-wide domestic abuse training for all 800 Minneapolis police officers. In recognition of Chief Dolan and the police department’s work with the Domestic Abuse Project of Minneapolis (DAP), Verizon Wireless presented a $10,000 HopeLine grant to DAP to fund a community advocate who will focus primarily on Latinas affected by domestic violence in Minneapolis. Pictured left to right: Susan Segal, Minneapolis City Attorney, Carol Arthur, Executive Director Domestic Abuse Project, Gary Schiff, Minneapolis City Council Member, Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy J. Dolan, Sandra Colvin Roy, Minneapolis City Council Member and Tom Wurtz, Director of Retail Sales-North District, Verizon Wireless Great Plains Region
In October 2009, Verizon Wireless presented Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman with the HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. The award honored his commitment to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims and for forming strong partnerships with community organizations focused on preventing domestic violence around Denver. A special $5,000 HopeLine grant was also presented to SafeHouse Denver in honor of Chief Whitman's contributions. Pictured left to right: Chief Whitman; Sean Hull, director of business sales for Verizon Wireless; Victoria McVicker, chief executive officer for SafeHouse-Denver; and Mark Harris, vice president of national government sales for Verizon Wireless. (Photo by: Steve Groer)
In September 2009, Verizon Wireless honored Colonel MacArthur Holmes of Savannah with the National HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award from Verizon Wireless. Pictured left to right — Eddie Jones, Verizon Wireless store manager; Cheryl Branch, executive director, SAFE Homes; Colonel MacArthur Holmes, Chatham County Sherriff’s Department; Lt. Eva Perkins, vice president of NOBLE Georgia Chapter; Major John Wilcher, Chatham County Sherriff’s Department .
In 2009, Steve Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel for Verizon Wireless, presented the company's HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award to Glendale, Calif. Police Chief Ronald L. DePompa.
In 2009, Verizon Wireless presented Glendale Police Chief Ronald L. DePompa with the HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award. Along with the award, Verizon Wireless is providing the Glendale Police Foundation with a $2,500 HopeLine grant for victim services and 20 pre-paid HopeLine phones for use by local domestic violence shelters.
In 2009, Verizon Wireless recognized Sheriff Al Lamberti of the Broward County Sheriff´s Office and donated $2,500 to Women In Distress, the leading domestic violence services agency in Broward County on behalf of Sheriff Lamberti´s efforts.
In 2007, Verizon Wireless awarded New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren Riley along with a $10,000 financial grant to the New Orleans Family Justice Center, a new domestic violence prevention center, in honor of Superintendent Riley´s contributions.
In 2007, Verizon Wireless recognized three Omaha Police Officers, Wendi Dye, Christopher McElligott and Richard Raper and presented a $10,000 financial grant to the YWCA-Omaha for its domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts.
In 2006, Verizon Wireless awarded Worcester, Massachusetts Police Chief Gary Gemme and donated $10,000 to Daybreak, the community-based domestic violence prevention program at the Worcester YWCA in honor of Chief Gemme´s work.
In 2005, Verizon Wireless presented the award to former Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist and in honor of his efforts, presented a $10,000 financial grant to Safe Space, a Miami-based shelter and prevention organization.