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					South Mountain Precinct   South Mountain Precinct
 400 W. Southern Ave.
  Phoenix, AZ 85041       The View
     602-495-5004
   Fax 602-534-1566

EMERGENCY                         V O L U M E   1 1              N O V E M B E R   2 0 1 1
NUMBERS:

    Police / Fire
    911

    Crime Stop
    602-262-6151          Keeping our citizens informed!
    Poison Control
    602-253-3334

    Traffic Signal
    Malfunctioning
    602-262-6021

    Sewers Clogged
    602-262-6691


CITY COUNCIL:

Mayor Phil Gordon
602-262-7111

Thelda Williams Dst 1
602-262-7444

Bryan Jeffries Dst 2
602-262-7445

Bill Gates Dst 3
602-262-7441

Tom Simplot Dst 4
602-262-7447                 South Mountain Precinct’s Mission
Claude Mattox Dst 5            To lower the crime rate for the residents
602-262-7446                        in the South Mountain Precinct
Sal DiCiccio Dst 6                                BY
602-262-7491                    *Identifying Bad Guys Lawfully / Safely
Michael Nowakowski
                                 *Locating Bad Guys Lawfully / Safely
Vice Mayor, Dst 7                *Arresting Bad Guys Lawfully / Safely
602-262-7492

Michael Johnson Dst 8         We accomplish our mission by being FAIR
602-262-7493                                    FAIR
                              Fairness, Accountability, Integrity, Respect

                                                              Commander Chris Crockett
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                    In memory of Glendale Officer Brad Jones
                           A note from Sergeant Phil Roberts, Phoenix PD




    Anyone wonder what happens to a police officer “after” he or she is killed in the line duty? Unfortunately,
    I had the sad opportunity and yet the privilege to find out firsthand. Several days ago, 27 year-old Glen-
    dale Police Officer Brad Jones was shot in the line of duty by a suspect who is not worth the dirt we walk
    on. From the moment his "brothers and sisters" arrived on scene, he was never alone. While the fire
    department treated him, transported him to the hospital, and during his final moments here on Earth he
    was surrounded by family and fellow officers as they said their goodbyes.

    When he left the hospital, as a matter of reality he had to be transported to the Medical Examiner's (M.E.)
    Office. Escorted the entire way by officers from St. Joseph's Hospital to the M.E.'s Office and he was never
    left alone. Twenty-four hours a day a Glendale Police Officer was posted at the M.E.'s Office. Brad was
    never alone.

    As Brad arrived at the M.E.'s Office every available officer in the area from South Mountain Precinct in
    Phoenix, where the M.E.'s Office is located, lined the streets with overhead lights flashing, standing outside
    their cars and rendering a hand salute...at 3:30 AM. Brad was never alone. Glendale Officers stood watch
    with Phoenix Police Officers constantly checking if they needed anything. Perhaps a sandwich, something
    to drink or merely a short break. Glendale or Phoenix Police, it did not matter - Brad was never alone.

    Finally, after many hours it was time for Brad to be delivered to the funeral home in preparation for us all
    to say our final goodbye. I was privileged to be part of an estimated twenty police vehicles that came to-
    gether at an impromptu moment simply from South Mountain Precinct to pay what respect we could to a
    fallen hero, father, and husband. We lined 7th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Van Buren Street, at the
    beginning of rush hour traffic, with overhead lights flashing and standing in unison at hand salute. As the
    procession passed the Phoenix Police Department's Crime Lab,
    an estimated twenty lab personnel lined the streets to pay their re-
    spects as well. Brad was never alone.

    The procession was led by two Glendale Motorcycle Officers, two Glen-
    dale Police Cars and two Phoenix Police Cars. Our fallen brother was
    not going to be left alone, not even for a moment as the procession
    drove to the city of Surprise, Arizona.

    Ever wonder what happens to a police officer after he or she is killed in
    the line of duty? Respect...total respect is what happens to an officer paying the ultimate sacrifice...as it
    should be. Tonight a wife, a son, and a daughter go to bed without a husband, father, or daddy to share
    their lives with. Someday, though, they will all be reunited.

    During this time here on Earth, Brad is not alone. He never was and never will be...




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                              Commander’s Corner
                         There has been a lot of talk in the local newspaper lately on how police
                         officers, firefighters, and teachers are overpaid and have bloated pensions
                         and how all this has affected our economy and how this is all somehow
                         unfair. This talk troubles me, although I have never been a firefighter (not
                         smart enough); I have been a peace officer in the State of Arizona for the
                         past 26 years and have also served as a (substitute) teacher in two school
 districts here in South Phoenix. It is my contention that teachers, firefighters, and police officers
 are far from overpaid; they are in fact severely underpaid. I know this might be an unpopular
 comment these days as a lot of our fellow Americans and Arizonans are out of work. I would
 venture to guess that the great majority of these Americans are out of work through no fault of
 their own. This is of course a national tragedy, but picking on some of the heroes of our society
 (teachers, firefighters, and police officers) is certainly not the answer to solving the financial mess
 our country is in. As far as teachers are concerned, I would invite anyone to sit for a couple of hours
 in a 3rd grade class and then a couple of hours in a 6th grade class and then a couple of hours in an
 8th grade class. I think you will see that teachers deserve what they earn and much, much more!

 As far as police officers are concerned, put yourself in the shoes of this officer:

 It is 0230 hours and you are riding a single officer unit in a “tough” part of town. You didn’t get
 much sleep the past couple of days as you had a DUI trial for the past few days this week that cut
 into your normal sleeping pattern. Just when you thought that when you got off shift earlier this
 morning you could catch up on some sleep, your youngest child, who is 5, stayed home from school
 today because of an ear infection. Since your spouse also has a full-time job, it was your turn in the
 barrel to ”take one for the team” and care for your child. Now you are at work and are tired as
 “heck”. You go on a few calls for service and although you are tired, you get through them without
 too much discomfort (you have become used to the shift –somewhat). Suddenly, there is a “hot-
 call” of a shooting with subjects down and the suspect vehicle, described as a white Ford Taurus
 with Indiana plates occupied by four male subjects is seen by witnesses speeding from the area...
 As you head towards the scene, other officers confirm, upon their arrival, that there are several
 subjects down and the suspects are armed with automatic rifles. The vehicle description is also
 confirmed. While you are still about 4 miles away, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect
 vehicle with at least 4 male subjects is speeding away from the direction of the scene. You make a
 “U-Turn” and begin to follow the vehicle, calling for extra units and the Air Unit for assistance. Your
 plan is to keep the vehicle in sight unit the cavalry arrives, but the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop
 on a lonely stretch of road about 200 yards in front of your vehicle. What now???????

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                         A wise seasoned veteran officer who I once had the pleasure to
                         supervise when I was as a young police sergeant told me, “We police
                         officers don’t get paid for what we do - we get paid for what we are
                         willing to do.”

                           In the above scenario, truer words have never been spoken. Those of
                           you who are not police officers- I ask you to ponder and think if the of-
                           ficer in the above scenario is overpaid? The truth of the matter is that
   the above scenario and ones just like it happen countless times across our nation every week.
   Our officers risk their lives every single day that they put on that uniform or strap on their
   guns and badges to put themselves in harms way in order to keep us all safe from
   people who would do us and our families harm.

   How about another scenario:

   It is 1977. A young, brave, handsome, strong police officer is patrolling a tough part of the
   city as a single officer unit and makes a traffic stop on a vehicle. There are two subjects in
   the vehicle. After a struggle, one of the subjects shoots the officer in the head, critically in-
   juring him. The officer continues the fight and somehow, even though gravely wounded,
   finds the strength and courage to hold onto one of the subjects until other units arrive to as-
   sist. The officer survives this extremely serious and life threatening head wound and from
   that moment forward he will never be the same. His quality of life will forever be considera-
   bly diminished. This officer continues to serve the city in a limited duty capacity as a precinct
   officer doing all sorts of things around the station; however, his days as an active duty officer
   are over. Years later after 36 plus years on the department, the officer retires. I contend
   that this officer has earned every, single, red cent of his retirement and should never, ever,
   have to justify what he receives in his pension. Nor should his wife and children ever be sub-
   jected to talk that her husband and their dad is somehow “milking” the system.

   Although wearing a badge for a living has always been a tough and sometimes thankless job,
   our police officers of today have a much more dangerous job than I did when I started as a
   police officer in 1985. These brave men and women deserve our deepest respect for doing a
   job that most of society would not do for double the pay. Please continue to support the
   brave officers who put their lives on the line every day.

   And as a final note, please accept my sincerest wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving and
   please be safe as you travel for the holidays.

   -Commander Chris Crockett




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                          Officers of the month—October 2011




   On 09/18/11 Officers Jeremy Rose and Brian Miller were riding a two man patrol unit when they observed a
   suspicious person jumping on the trunk of a moving car. They immediately executed a U-turn to make contact
   with the individuals involved.

   As their marked patrol vehicle began to approach, the car pulled into a parking lot. The officers approached on
   foot as the person began to walk away. Despite being easily identified as police officers as well as Officer Rose
   issuing several commands to stop, the person made eye contact with both officers and continued to walk
   away, walking into an apartment nearby.

   After a short period of issuing exit commands to the occupants of the apartment, the door opened and the
   suspicious person began to come out. Due to the prior suspicious behavior of the suspect and now observing
   other occupants in the apartment, Officer Rose held the suspect at gunpoint and began to issue commands to
   lie on the ground. He again refused to obey any of the commands.

   Officer Rose holstered his weapon, administered an arm bar escort hold, and began to remove the suspect
   from the apartment. A struggle ensued as the suspect tried to break free and at the same time reach for his
   waistband. Officer Rose attempted to end the struggle by placing him in handcuffs, but the suspect intensified
   his struggle to break free. During this violent confrontation, Officer Rose observed a holster strapped to the
   suspect’s left hip. Fearing he might be reaching for a gun, Officer Rose quickly lowered him to the ground using
   a straight arm takedown and was able to handcuff him without further incident.

   Upon further investigation, Officer Rose found the holster to be empty. The suspect admitted to placing the
   gun in the apartment. It was determined that the suspect is a prohibited possessor by law, making the gun in
   the house evidence in a crime.

   Officers Miller and Rose decided to obtain a search warrant to recover the gun. Officer Josh Book arrived and
   volunteered to author the search warrant, a task which requires both knowledge and experience.

   Once the search warrant was completed and served, Officers Rose and Miller began the process of recovery.
   During their search of the apartment, the officers recovered the handgun, marijuana packaged for sale, a ledg-
   er indicating the sale of the marijuana, and numerous other drug paraphernalia items.

   Through their keen observation skills, their diligence as police officers, and their abilities to travel down the
   right path and remain focused, Officers Rose and Miller were able to remove two dangerous criminals and a
   handgun from the streets. They were also able to shut down an illegal drug sales operation. Officers Rose,
   Miller, and Book are to be commended for their actions. Their dedication to duty to the citizens of the City of
   Phoenix are in keeping with the highest standards of the Phoenix Police Department and supports the Depart-
   ment’s Policing Plan of making Phoenix the safest major city.



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                      Officers of the month—November 2011
   On October 2, 2011 Officers Robert Lucero #8198 and Jeremy Rose #9096 responded to a call of a suicidal
   subject at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. The call stated that there was an unknown male subject in a
   vehicle in the cemetery who intended to commit suicide. When the officers arrived at the cemetery, they
   located the vehicle and observed a man in the driver’s seat of the car holding a gun to his head. The man was
   visibly upset and crying.

   As Officer Lucero spoke with the man, he was able to establish a rapport with him and eventually convinced
   him to lower his car window, unload the gun and throw it to the ground outside of the vehicle. Although the
   gun was now removed from the equation, the man quickly grabbed a bottle of medication and swallowed a
   large quantity of pills. Without hesitation, Officers Lucero and Rose opened the car door and removed the
   man from the vehicle. While Officer Lucero continued to communicate with the man, Officer Rose requested
   the assistance of the Phoenix Fire Department who ultimately transported the subject to St. Joseph’s Hospital
   for treatment. The man received appropriate medical attention and survived this incident.

   The careful actions of Officers Lucero and Rose resulted in a positive outcome to this call for service. Their
   professionalism and compassion in this matter are in keeping with the highest standards of the Phoenix Police
   Department. Their actions are to be commended. Congratulations to the South Mountain Precinct Officers of
   the Month.




                               W. Steven Martin Police - 911 Toy Drive




    The South Mountain Precinct is participating in the Annual W. Steven Martin Police Toy
    Drive. We are hosting a Drop off location at our Precinct 400 W Southern Rd. If you would
    like to donate a new, unwrapped toy stop by and drop it off with our police desk aid. Of-
    ficers of the South Mountain Precinct adopt 12-16 families and deliver gifts to the children
    on Christmas week. It is a rewarding experience both for the officers and the children we
    serve in our community. For further information contact Community Action Officer Mayra
    Hawkins (602)534-1010 mayrahawkins@phoenix.gov




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    Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) 2011

   On October 15th neighborhoods from around the precinct came together to participate in
   the annual G.A.I.N. event. Officers from the South Mountain Precinct joined community
   leaders, citizens, faith-based groups, and other city departments in the largest city-wide
   event of the year. This year’s events were a tremendous success as patrol officers around
   the precinct were able to meet with individuals and families in the neighborhoods they
   patrol and gain insight on what issues are affecting our community.

   The events included informational booths, games, food, and fun. In response to a
   devastating defeat at last years event in Lindo Park, Community Action Officers Patrick
   McBride, Jared Charley, and Garrick Henry had practiced their 3-on-3 basketball skills to
   prepare themselves for this years re-match. We are proud to say that the officers held
   their own and the game ended in a draw. Keep practicing and remember to stretch!

   We have received some very positive feedback from community leaders about the events
   and we want to thank all those in our communities that have worked so hard at making
   our events possible.

   Here is an example of a positive response from one of our Lindo Park community leaders:
     “I wanted to say thanks to all of the officers that work with us doing the G.A.I.N.
     Event. I know that it takes a lot of hard work to put on this event, but our South
     Mountain Precinct went the extra mile for our Lindo Park Community and we will
     always remember that. We think a lot of the Community Action Officers in our
     community, and we have your department to thank for this. Thank you all so
     much.”




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         Here are some additional photos from the G.A.I.N. event




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                   NOWcU: New Opportunity Warrant Clear Up




  BRIEF OVERVIEW: “New Opportunity Warrant Clear Up” is a Phoenix misdemeanor self-surrender program. Turn

  yourself in to the court and clear your warrant; many options are available. Following this program, The Phoenix

  Police Department will conduct a large-scale arrest warrant sweep. This is a joint venture between the Phoenix

  Police Department, the Phoenix Municipal Court and the community.

  SELF-SURRENDER DATES: December 5-9, 2011

  TIMES: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

  LOCATION: 300 W. Washington St., Phoenix Municipal Court

  WEBSITE: www.phoenix.gov/POLICE



  Descripción Breve: “Oportunidad Nueva para Resolver Órdenes Judiciales” es un programa en lo cual Ud. puede ir

  con confianza a la corte para borrar delitos menores cometidos en Phoenix. Siguiendo este programa, la Policía

  conducirá un recorrido por toda la ciudad, arrestando a aquellas personas con órdenes judiciales por delitos

  menores. Esta es un programa de la Policía de Phoenix conjunto con el Juzgado Municipal de Phoenix y la comuni-

  dad.

  FECHAS DE ENTREGO VOLUNTARIO: Diciembre 5-9, 2011

  HORARIO: 8:30 de la mañana a 4:30 de la tarde

  LOCALIDAD: 300 W Washington St., Juzgado Municipal de Phoenix
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                            Car Seat Installation Event

  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes are the leading cause of
  death for children three to fourteen years of age. However, an estimated 8,959 lives were saved
  by child restraints from 1975-2008. In many cases, children are either not properly buckled into
  their safety seats or parents are unaware that a safety seat is vital.

  As part of the South Mountain Precinct’s commitment to car seat safety for children, officers
  hosted a free Car Seat Installation event in partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical
  Center. During this event Officers contacted parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers of
  young children to provide proper car seat safety instructions, seat selection information, seat in-
  stallation and seat belt safety education. The intent of this effort was to better educate the
  community about the importance of proper car seat installation and to contribute to the safety of
  all children living in the South Mountain Precinct.

  The event was a success and our hope is host additional Car Seat inspections in the coming
  months.




      Project LAUNCH is a wellness and community-based parent support program for
      families with children 0-8 years of age in the 85040 and 85041 zip codes. The mission of
      LAUNCH is for all children to reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive
      milestones. If you are interested in learning more about what LAUNCH has to offer,
      please contact Erika Bell at (602) 230-7373 ext. 222.


      Currently, we are holding a Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families and Communities
      (SMEFC) parent workshop. Topics include Communication, Building Healthy Relation-
      ships, Tradition and Culture, Positive Discipline, and more. Classes begin November 1st,
      but we will be accepting parents until the third session, November 10th. Place: Martin
      Luther King Jr. School, Rm 323, 4615 S. 22nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040; Day: Tuesdays
      and Thursdays; Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm. To register or for more information please call
      Toireasa Corrales at (602) 230-7373 ext. 239 or (602) 358-1641




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Holiday Safety Tips
By Sheree Lee


 Once again, the holiday season is fast approaching.
 Let us all remember that crooks love this time of year.
 Why….because it is loaded with the opportunity for
 crime. If we remove the opportunity, we lessen our
 chances of falling victim to crimes. Try following these
 simple tips for safety and you may enjoy a more joyful season.

 Traveling?
    Use automatic timers for your lights
    Ask a neighbor to watch over your home
    Have mail and newspapers stopped while you’re gone

 Going out for the evening?
    Leave the lights/TV on at home
    Make sure doors are locked upon leaving
    Keep gifts out of sight inside

 Shopping?
   Stay alert of surroundings
   Park in well lit areas
   Lock your car doors and windows
   Hide valuables in locked trunk
   Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
   Carry purses close to your body, and wallets in an inside coat pocket
   or front pants pocket

 Solicitors/Charity Fraud?
    Ask for I.D.
    If you are leery for any reason call the police

 Hopefully these tips will make for a Happy and Safer Holiday season.




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                                 Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol
                                  Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol has long supported the fact that
                                  involved residents are the most effective crime fighters, reporting
                                  suspicious activity as it occurs. This program allows residents to
                                  become more actively involved as partners in crime prevention.
                                  They are the Phoenix Police Department's "Eyes and Ears!"

                                  Invite your neighbors and Block Watch groups to attend and get
                                  more involved with your community.
Upcoming PNP Training
Dates:

November 19, 2011
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mountain View Precinct
2075 E. Maryland Avenue

Please RSVP to:
Officer Sheree Lee
602-299-1896
sheree.lee@phoenix.gov




                                                                                          We are on the web!
                                                                                          www.phoenix.gov
      Community Officer’s Contact Information                                             www.pnp400.com



             Title                  Name              Phone#                      Email
 Community Programs Sergeant    Scott McCauley     602-534-1885        scott.mccauley@phoenix.gov

  Community Programs Officer      Sheree Lee       602-534-6545          sheree.lee@phoenix.gov
  Community Action Officer 41
                                 Garrick Henry     602-262-7698         garrick.henry@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 41
                                  Pat McBride      602-262-7698        patrick.mcbride@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 42
                                 Jared Charley     602-534-1010         jared.charley@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 42
                                Mayra Hawkins      602-534-1010        mayra.hawkins@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 43
                                 Larry Dotson      602-495-7604         larry.dotson@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 44
                                Chad Williamsen    602-534-6534       chad.williamsen@phoenix.gov
            Area
  Community Action Officer 44
                                  Ben Morris       602-534-2892       benjamin.morris@phoenix.gov
            Area



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      South Mountain Precinct



  Coffee with a Cop
       Thank you to everyone who attended the Coffee with a Cop in
           October at Harmon Library! Please look forward to our
             next one to be announced in December’s newsletter.




    Tukee Talks
Come engage with your local police officers and other
community members in an informal and informative setting in
the Ahwatukee area.

Have a question, comment or just want to put a face with that
voice you’ve heard over the phone?

Come join us for conversation, coffee and
other light refreshments on:

November 17, 2011 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ahwatukee Foothills Police Substation
(Entrance through Pecos Community Center Lobby)                 For more information contact:
17010 S. 48th St.
                                                                Officer Sheree Lee
*Sergeant McCauley will be speaking about the new Phoenix
 city code on solicitors.                                       602-534-6545
                                                                sheree.lee@phoenix.gov

				
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