Honorees included Detective Walter Brant, Police Officer Earl Rochester, and Assistant District Attorney Karen Turner among others who were feted at a gala luncheon held at the Adoption Center in December.
Howard Lawrence, veep of the society’s Humane Law Enforcement agency and Elizabeth Brandler, legal advocacy senior counsel, presented appreciation awards in recognition of the critical roles each played in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty and neglect in 2017.
“The men and women we honor today are champions this year for animals across New York City,” said Lawrence.
Detective Brant of Police Service Area 2 is the primary police community liaison for approximately 48,000 residents living in 40 NYCHA developments spread over 281 buildings. He has served as the PSA 2 Community Affairs Officer for 17 years and continuously brings needed resources to his community and engaging the public with the society’s mission through National Night Out events and Family Day events.
Officer Rochester of the 67th Precinct is a Neighborhood Coordinating Officer. Through his collaboration with the ASPCA’s Community Engagement team, he has investigated many complaints of animal cruelty in his command. His dedication and skills led to warm and clean shelters, medical care, and spay-neuter services for three dogs in need in his community.
Assistant District Attorney Turner has shared her dedication and expertise since 2016 when she was tapped to lead the office’s new Animal Unit in overseeing all of the animal abuse cases in Kings County. Since her appointment as chief she has worked hand-in-hand with the police department and the society to review, investigate, and ensure the successful prosecution of all animal-related crimes in the county.
The initiative was launched in January 2014, and since then has ensured the safety of more than 2,500 animals.
On behalf of the borough’s furry friends, Standing O is giving out high paws and a thank you.
Do you want to know your police officers? Then come on down to the 61st Precinct and Police Service Area meeting for a meet and greet on Jan. 17. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting begins promptly at 7 pm.
You will have an opportunity to meet your Neighborhood Coordination Officers that will be assigned to your neighborhood and have a chance to ask any questions you may have. Light food and refreshments will be served.