October 28, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today presented awards to the winners of the first annual Attorney General’s Justice Awards. Koster established the awards program this year to recognize individuals and organizations for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to justice.
“As the attorneys and staff in the Attorney General’s Office proudly stand up for the people of Missouri, our ability to achieve justice is enhanced by our partnership with individuals, agencies, and organizations exemplified by those we honor today,” Koster said. “We received many excellent nominations, and our selections were very difficult; but as evident in their nominations, these individuals and agencies are deserving of recognition for making a significant contribution to further justice.”
Koster said the justice awards encompass six separate categories – consumer and senior protection; preventing crimes against children; crime prevention; environmental protection; domestic violence prevention; and law enforcement. He said the response was overwhelming when he contacted consumer groups, crime prevention groups, environmental groups, domestic violence agencies, and law enforcement agencies earlier this year and asked for nominations. The winners in each of the categories are:
Consumer and Senior Protection: The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois for their efforts to protect consumers by fighting against fraud and protecting consumers’ rights.
Preventing Crimes Against Children: Lieutenant Joe Laramie, Glendale Police Department, who created Missouri’s regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The task force’s work has resulted in a dramatic increase in arrests for Internet crimes against children, from 26 in 2006 to 273 in 2009.
Crime Prevention: Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, a vital community resource supporting youth and families affected by criminal behavior through crime prevention and intervention.
Environmental Protection: Mr. Terry Spence, a northern Missouri farmer who advised the expert panel guiding the Premium Standard Farms settlement implementation, exemplifying the partnership between government enforcement and citizens to protect Missouri’s environment.
Domestic Violence Prevention: Teresa Hensley, Cass County Prosecuting Attorney, who has vigorously prosecuted perpetrators of domestic violence and established protocols for investigation and policies for prosecution of domestic violence cases.
Law Enforcement: Officers Kyle Chandler and Joseph Haman, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, who made 114 arrests resulting in 121 felony charges in 2009, including armed carjacking suspects and suspects exchanging gunfire while driving. Officer Haman was shot several times by a suspect who was later arrested and charged for assault of an officer.
Law Enforcement: Officer Mathew Crosby and Lt. Jorden Lewis, Rock Hill Police Department, and Officers Nick Lang and Craig Eisenbeis, Brentwood Police Department, for exhibiting heroism under fire by taking a wanted felon into custody following a vigorous struggle, during which Officer Crosby had been shot by the suspect. Their actions helped save Officer Crosby’s life.