Verizon Wireless' Hopeline Program Partners With Law Enforcement Officials To Aid In Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and NEW ORLEANS — Verizon Wireless yesterday presented New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren Riley with the company's HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award. The award, presented during a ceremony held yesterday in New Orleans, recognizes members of law enforcement for their work in domestic violence prevention and awareness in local communities across the country. Katherine Greene, regional president, and Alice Brennan, assistant general counsel, both of Verizon Wireless, presented the award, 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.

For more than a decade, Verizon Wireless has worked with law enforcement and government agencies to support domestic violence prevention and awareness efforts in communities nationwide through the company's HopeLine Phone Recycling Program. HopeLine's work with the law enforcement community includes donating high-speed BroadbandAccess Internet service to prosecutors, detectives and other personnel in local government domestic violence units; sponsoring phone collection drives in cooperation with local sheriff and police departments; and partnering with several states' Attorneys General offices to create campaigns around elder abuse, teen dating and other domestic violence issues.

The HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award honors the efforts of public safety organizations across the country committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue and educating communities about domestic violence. The HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award was presented previously to Chief Gary Gemme of the Worcester, Mass., police department, former Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, and to the New Orleans Police Foundation.

HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants.

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