Atlanta Police Officer receives national award
Senior Police Officer Amy Soeldner was honored with a Humane Law Enforcement Award from The Humane Society of the United States and the National Sheriff’s Association in a ceremony at Atlanta Police headquarters Thursday.
“Officer Soeldner earned this award for her work which exemplifies her commitment to upholding the state laws that work to protect animals from abuse and neglect,” said Debra Berger, Georgia State Director of The Humane Society of the United States. “Amy is known among animal advocates throughout the state of Georgia as the go-to person in law enforcement. We are so pleased to be able to recognize her for all of her work and dedication.”
Berger cited Soeldner’s work to help animals on and off duty; her leadership in training other officers about Animal Cruelty; working with neighborhoods to address issues related to gang violence against animals and children; and her outstanding commitment to the enforcement of animal protection laws as the reasons she was selected as the state honoree for Georgia.
“We are extremely proud when outside organizations like The Humane Society of the United States recognize the work of our officers who strive every day to protect all of our citizens, including the four-legged ones,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “This is a tremendous award and speaks to Officer Soeldner’s incredible passion for protecting animals. She is well-deserving of this honor for the leadership she provides to our department on animal cruelty issues.”
The Humane Law Enforcement Awards are given annually by The Humane Society of the United States and the National Sheriff’s Association, a leader in empowering law enforcement officers to tackle animal cruelty crimes. The awards go to officers who have taken an exemplary stand against animal cruelty.
About Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. HSUS and its affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and professionalizes the field through education and training for local organizations. HSUS is the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-six year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.