PSU’s Jennifer Frank Honored with Heroes for Justice Award

May 11th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-PSU Police Department Special Investigator Jennifer Frank has been honored as a “Hero for Justice” by the Manchester YWCA.

Jennifer Frank
From left to right, Stephanie Halter, PSU criminal justice assistant professor, PSU Police Lt. Pete Chierichetti, PSU Special Investigator Jennifer Frank and PSU Safety Director Creig Doyle celebrate Frank’s “Heroes for Justice” Award at the Manchester YWCA May 7.

The YWCA presented Frank with her award at their annual “Take Back the Night” event in Manchester, in which they honor those working to eliminate violence against women.

Frank said she was heartened to receive the award.

“The most important thing to remember is the true heroes are the survivors who have had to live through those experiences and have come to share that today,” Frank said.

YWCA Executive Director Monica Zulauf said Frank’s accomplishments make her deserving of the award.

“Jennifer is a tireless advocate for women and women’s issues both on campus and in the surrounding community,’ Zulauf said. “She is dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in the college campus environment through involvement in prevention and education efforts. Jennifer is well-known and respected by students.”

SU University Police Colonel Creig Doyle spoke at Frank’s ceremony, and said she is a model employee who believes very strongly in helping people in need.

“I’ve come to value and appreciate the dedication she demonstrates time and again to victims of some of society’s most reprehensible crimes,” Doyle said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her if she was my own daughter, and I feel extremely blessed that she is a member of our team at the Plymouth State University Police Department.”

Frank, who specializes in investigating crime against women at PSU, has organized the campus-wide domestic violence awareness event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, in which participants march through the community to show support for victims of abuse. Frank also makes presentations at schools around New Hampshire, warning about the dangers of social networking Web sites, like Facebook or MySpace.

Governor John Lynch and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte also spoke at the event.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or