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November 26, 2013 > Top cops recognized by COPS

Top cops recognized by COPS

ÒBecause Peace Begins at HomeÉ because peace begins with each of us.Ó

In a ceremony that celebrated the efforts of law enforcement to aid victims of domestic violence, local officials and police gathered at Washington Hospital West on November 21, 2013 to honor three outstanding officers who have been effective and unrelenting in their efforts to assist in dangerous and emotional situations. Each officer was nominated and introduced by Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) Advocates.

For outstanding service to domestic violence victims and collaborative work with the COPS (Community Oriented Prevention Services) Program, SAVE honored:

Hayward Police Officer Daniel Lundberg was nominated by SAVE advocate Titania Trujilio because Òhe consistently goes above and beyondÓ to assist domestic violence survivors. She notes that Officer Lundberg treats victims with patience and kindness.

Officer Jeremy Rocha of the San Leandro Police Department was also nominated by Titania Trujilio for Òconsistently working with clients to ensure that they understand resources are available. She notes that Officer Rocha shows a high level of nonjudgmental understanding when dealing with the dynamics of abusive relationships.

Advocate Erika Pacheco nominated officer Jason Valdes of the Fremont Police Department for his compassionate dedication to assisting domestic violence survivors. Through Òpositive interactions with victims in the community, he has influenced their help-seeking behavior. ÒVictims then understand that they have Òthe power to end abuse.Ó

These officers are not only able to intervene in abusive relationships, but also influence their departments to help other officers understand the dynamics of intimate partner violence. Speakers at the event included former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler who served 45 years in law enforcement and has been a SAVE Board member for 20 years. He noted that community policing efforts have changed dramatically over that time through more stringent laws, enforcement methods and knowledgeable community oriented prevention services such as SAVE.

The officers recognized also received certificates of appreciation from government officials and congratulations from fellow officers and department chiefs.

For more information about SAVE, call (510) 574-2250 or visit: www.save-dv.org

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