Waterloo Police Department to Receive Award October 25, 2011 for initiatives taken in the city to reduce Domestic Violence


WHAT:           Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka will be honored by Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark and Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Champion Award: Law Enforcement Partnership at a news conference.  The award recognizes select law enforcement agencies or individuals throughout the country that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to and focus on preventing domestic violence and raising awareness in their communities. The Waterloo Police Department was recommended for the award by Seeds of Hope.

In honor of the Waterloo Police Department, Seeds of Hope will receive a $10,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon that 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.

 WHO:            Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark
                       Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson
                       Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka  
                       Terri Helinski, Executive Director, Seeds of Hope
                       Jeff Pritchard, Account Manager, Government, Verizon Wireless


WHEN:         Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:       Waterloo City Hall Press Room, 715 Mulberry St, Waterloo, IA


CONTACTS:           Terry Henlinski                                                          Karen Smith
                                   Seeds of Hope                                                          Verizion Wireless
                                   319-272-1400                                                           612-590-3511
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About Seeds of Hope:   Seeds of Hope is a non-profit organization serving Black Hawk, Grundy and Hardin counties with quality education and comprehensive services concerning domestic violence and sexual assault.

The variety of services offered include: individual and child advocacy, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, support groups, safe homes, transitional housing, transportation, emergency cell phones, start-up kits, community education and volunteer training. The 24-hour crisis line is 888-746-4673. For more information visit www.seedsofhopeiowa.com            .

 ABOUT HopeLine:  Through the company's award-winning HopeLine® program, Verizon Wireless collects wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, from any wireless service provider. The company's program increases awareness about cell phone recycling to save energy and conserve natural resources and supports domestic violence prevention and awareness organizations. More information is available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.