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MUPD Chief Receives 2024 Catalyst for Change Award

Millersville University Police Chief Pete Anders is the 2024 recipient of the DVS Catalyst for Change Award.

Domestic Violence Services, a program of the Community Action Partnership, recently announced Millersville University Police Chief Pete Anders ’02 as the 2024 recipient of the DVS Catalyst for Change Award.

MUPD Chief Pete Anders and DVS Director Christine Gilfillan
MUPD Chief Pete Anders and DVS Director Christine Gilfillan

Anders is an active and engaged member of the Lancaster County STOP-SART Coordinating Team, which enhances the partnership between county law enforcement, prosecution, and victims’ services.

“Throughout his career in law enforcement, and most recently on the MU campus, Chief Anders has consistently advocated for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” DVS Director Christine Gilfillan said. “We are thrilled to honor him with the 2024 Catalyst for Change Award.”

Upon learning of his award, Millersville’s VP of Finance & Administration, Dr. Nafez Alyan, shared the following: “Since his arrival as Police Chief for Millersville University in 2010, Pete Anders has served our campus community with professionalism and grace. His eye is always on the safety of our campus – making sure students, faculty, staff and visitors have a welcoming environment. Whether helping the University become StormReady, working on the Emergency Operations Plan or taking part in the Iron Chef competition, Chief Anders always has a positive presence on campus. We’re pleased that Domestic Violence Services has honored him with the 2024 Catalyst for Change Award.”

The Catalyst for Change Award, established in 2019, recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the mission of DVS (beyond the requirements of professional work) to be a catalyst to end domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy and/or social change efforts.

Previous winners include:
• Bob Newell and Chris LaBoy, 2023
• Dana Hamp Gulick, 2022
• Linda Gort, 2021
• Fran Kane, 2020
• Susan Van Zant, 2019

Anders was recognized at the inaugural DVS Spring Luncheon on May 23, at the Cork Factory Hotel.

About Domestic Violence Services
DVS is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy, and social change. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional training and community education and prevention sessions for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit caplanc.org/DVS.

About Community Action Partnership
The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families achieve economic empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life in the areas of education, health, household stability safety and empowerment. For more information, visit caplanc.org.

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