Updated: October 15, 2019 01:21 PM
Created: October 15, 2019 09:06 AM
STILLWATER – In 2003, when a case was closed, there were three confiscated cell phones lying around. Police were about to dispose of them when someone asked if they could have them. He told Sgt. Ray Cordani that they could be erased and reprogrammed to call 911.
With that, a new program to help Domestic Violence victims was born. Now, 16 years later, 6,000 cell phones have been given to the Mechanicville Community Center and Wellspring, an advocacy program for domestic violence victims.
Besides the Stillwater Police, drivers with DeCresente Distributing, Wiley Bros. Lumber and Toyota of Clifton Park collect phones to recycle.
"We have to change the culture," Cordani said, adding that domestic violence affects families, co-workers, neighbors. "It’s not a private matter."
The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office says its domestic violence unit handles about 1,000 such cases annually.
"We have to hold abusers accountable," Cordani said.
Besides #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth October is also #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. #Stillwater Police collecting donated cell phones for victims of domestic violence since 2003.— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) October 15, 2019
Nearly 6K phones turned over to various local advocacy groups for victims. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/D3PUO4JQ4Y
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