Sandra Brode is a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and has been employed by the Chicago Police Department for the past eight years. As the Department’s liaison regarding animal-related issues, she is responsible for establishing relationships with other agencies and developing strategies that educate police officers and community members about the link between animal cruelty and other violent crimes such as domestic violence, homicide and the gang culture of guns, drugs and dogfighting.
Believing that education is the most effective tool to changing people’s attitudes, Sandra has initiated, developed and/or hosted numerous training opportunities, both within the Department and with other organizations, that are designed to eliminate misconceptions about animal-related crimes and redirect the focus from a simple "humane issue" to a "law enforcement issue." The primary purpose of the training is to focus attention on the fact that animal cruelty in all of its forms is above all a crime that requires as much prosecution, punishment and accountability as any other violent crime and to provide direction toward achieving that goal. Sandra is a member of the steering committee for Safe Humane Chicago, the Chicago Commission on Animal Care & Control, the Chicago Bar Association and a number of local, national and international organizations that are concerned with the welfare of animals.