Bridgeport, CT — The Center for Family Justice recently honored a Fairfield Police Detective for her service to the nonprofit, which provides crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in six local communities.
Detective Kerry Dalling, a 24-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, was named CFJ’s 2021 “Partner of the Year” at its Annual Meeting held on June 30 at Wolfe Parke in Monroe.
Detective Dalling is an experienced domestic and sexual violence criminal investigator. Since 2016 she has worked on site at CFJ on a weekly basis to provide her expertise to both victims who come to CFJ seeking help. In addition to the support she provides to victims, Dalling frequently volunteers her time to support CFJ at fundraising events and is a faculty presenter in the nonprofit’s 40-hour certification training program, which if offers three times a year to volunteers, interns and community members interested in learning more about the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence.
“Detective Dalling is such a valued partner, who approaches her investigations not only with a tremendous amount of skill, but with incredible empathy for the trauma victims who have been abused,” said Debra. A Greenwood President & CEO of The Center for Family Justice. “Presenting this award to Kerry is just a small token of appreciation for her dedication to this challenging law enforcement work which she carries out with so much compassion and for the support she also provides to our staff who rely on her skill and expertise to help keep our clients safe from abuse.”
Fairfield Police Chief Robert Kalamaras also congratulated Dalling on the award he called “well-deserved.” Kalamaras commented, “Detective Dalling has utilized her expertise investigating crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault to educate, advocate, and implement change. It is an honor that The Center for Family Justice has recognized Detective Dalling for this award. Her work and continued partnership with CFJ will undoubtedly help improve the lives of many victims in our community.”
Dalling said it was an honor to “even be considered” for the award which is given annually to a partner who supports CFJ in its mission of providing services to more than 4,300 victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse each year. She described herself as “just one small part of the exceptional team at CFJ.”
“Being a partner of the Center for Family Justice has helped me to understand domestic violence in a much more meaningful way, as it has allowed me to gain insight into some of the more complex issues that victims and families face,” she said. “I am a better police officer because of my experiences with the Center and I am able to better serve the community of Fairfield. I am grateful to the Center for their partnership and to the leadership of the Fairfield Police Department for their support."