Extraordinary People – Lorri Strem

Extraordinary People
In her 31 years at the Rochester Police Department, Lorri Strem sealed friendships and shattered barriers. Strem was the first woman in the RPD to assume the rank of Captain. Some of her finest work would follow. “I made a lot of great friends here,” she says. “I met a lot of community people that I love and care about.”
In 2008, Strem was named chair of the RPD’s first ever Domestic Violence Committee. Under her leadership, the department launched a Domestic Abuse Response Team and set up a system to follow up with victims.
It’s the kind of work News 8 cameras caught often when we followed police on the beat in 2013. At that time, behind the scenes, Strem was helping to open hearts and minds. “Cops like to have their answers,” she says. “It’s a robbery, they catch the bad guy and it’s over with. With domestic violence, it can continue and it can be extremely frustrating.”
To increase awareness, Strem’s team put together a police training video that features the personal stories of three officers. “I can tell you when we did this training video, everybody got it,” she says. “When the chips are down, we’re there for each other. So we decided to do this video because we knew that even in police officers’ families, there had been victims. Some of their family members have been victims of domestic violence.”
Today the RPD partners with more than a dozen local agencies to provide help to victims. “I would like more people to have an awareness,” Strem says. “
“You do know someone. Whether you know it or not, you do know someone who’s been involved in domestic violence.”
Captain Strem set a lot of milestones at the RPD, but perhaps none more important than her work to resolve domestic violence.
“It’s been great to serve Rochester,” she says.

Capt. Strem retired from the Rochester Police Department in March and now works as an investigator for the University of Rochester Campus Police. But her work on behalf of domestic violence victims — and with groups such as Alternatives for Battered Women – will continue.
If you’d like to attend the annual fundraising luncheon for ABW:
It’s next Tuesday, May 12th, at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton.
For ticket information, click here.


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