LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (WABC) -- They may look more like sisters, but a mom and daughter crime fighting duo can't remember life without the strength of each other.
"This is my world, this is my rock, I know no matter what she supports me. My Life is what it is today because of her," says Captain Lavonda Wise.
Detective Laverda Pugliese-Phillips says Wise encouraged her to be the 'best person' that she could be because she was a young single mother.
Detective Pugliese joined the NYPD nearly 30 years ago after she was mugged in Brooklyn.
"I had two daughters, and I wanted to be something for them," she says.
When the time came, Detective Pugliese recruited her oldest to leave a banking job, and join the rank in file, and over the last decade has watched her soar to captain.
Captain Lavonda Wise works for the School Safety Division now with a 2-year of her own at home. Her mother is her inspiration.
"Your life changes when you join a police department, and she helped me through it," says Wise, "She's given me the greatest gift of all, which is success."
Between the two of them, the women have a combined 42 years of experience with the department, and no plans to retire anytime soon. They are now trying to recruit new family members to join the ranks.
Dynamic mother and daughter duo making mark on NYPD
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