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Shelter from the Storm

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Contact:  Mike Odom
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SHELTER FROM THE STORM ELECTS KEVIN CONNER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PALM DESERT: March 3, 2011 –Shelter from the Storm has elected Cathedral City Chief of Police, Kevin Conner as a new member on its Board of Directors.

Chief Conner, who will serve a two-year term, joined the Cathedral City Police Department in 1984 as one of its original members, moving up the ranks to lieutenant, captain and his appointment as Chief.

During his years of service he has assisted in developing organizational goals in the community and implementing a community-based policing program.

Chief Conner earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Management from the University of Redlands and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University in Orange, California. He is a graduate of the United States Department of Justice, FBI National Academy and has received professional honors from numerous organizations, including the West Point Leadership Program from the City of Los Angeles Police Department; the Southwest Command College; and from Leadership Coachella Valley for his role as a participating faculty member.

He has also been recognized through receipt of local awards, including Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year”, Cathedral City Mayor’s Award, an “Outstanding Contribution and Leadership Award” from the College of the Desert Public Safety Academy, Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from Palm Springs Jaycees, Outstanding Service Award from the American Legion and a Certificate of Leadership Award from National University.

Chief Conner has long been active in community affairs including serving as a USO Host Volunteer at the Palms Spring Airport; a Board Member of the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce;  a Member of the Coachella Valley Latino Police Officers Association; a member of the adjunct faculty of the College of the Desert teaching courses in Administration of Justice, Multi Cultural issues in Law Enforcement, Professionalism and Ethics, Leadership, Cultural Diversity, Sexual Harassment, Racial Profiling and various other law enforcement disciplines.

Shelter From The Storm serves some 2,000 women and children annually through its five valley program locations.  Key operations include a 72-bed emergency shelter with two onsite schools, substance abuse and life skills programs and a medical clinic, long-term transitional housing, a community counseling center, outreach crisis intervention centers, teen dating violence prevention and education in schools, and ongoing community awareness, education and training  programs.

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