AZLEOS Shop with a Cop Dec 10, 2016 at Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale, AZ and the Walmart on Pima/Chaparral. Thank you to NHN for helping to fund this event so the kids could enjoy shopping with a cop and to Right Toyota/Honda for being our breakfast sponsors. We want to thank all of our volunteers and cops for without them, these events would not be possible. Thank you Tom Melton for cooking up a storm and to Kevin Kilday for all the amazing photos on each child and officer. Thank you to all our princesses from Royal Dreams Entertainment and the Star Wars 501st Legion who add so much to this event every year!
Thanks to so many agencies that participated today. MCCCD PD, SRPD, Chandler PD, ABLE, Scottsdale PD, Scottsdale Prosecutors Office, MCSO, AZ Department of Corrections (volunteer award winners!), Department of Child Safety, DPS, PVPD, Phoenix PD, Scottsdale Fire (Shhh,…Maria we won’t tell anyone), US Marines, and the US Marshals Posse (also $1000 donors).
Thank you to our sponsors for the Breakfast Right Toyota/Right Honda. Next week at Mesa Community College our Breakfast Sponsor is Lerner and Rowe.
Shout outs to the Scottsdale Kachina Lions Club for helping set everything up last night and taking it all down today! Thank you to Nick Daniels for setting up Candy Cane Lane!
Next week will be at Mesa Community College on 12/17!
More pictures to come!
Teen Shop with a Cop 2016 at Chandler Fashion Center. CFC thank you for providing a great breakfast and to the Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club for providing the grant to start the teen program this year. Chandler PD and MCCCD PD were our host agencies! Each teen was given $150 to spend while shopping with their officer and Harkins cups and movie tickets.
It’s official! Grand Canyon University will be sponsoring participants in the great Turkey Bowl event at Mesa Community College on Thanksgiving 11/24/16. 10am-2pm! Football, cheering, and Thanksgiving lunch from Boston Market thanks to GCU!! First responders, MCC students/faculty/staff and our community! Sign up to reserve your place in the game and for lunch!! Jim.Hill@azleos.org
Click here to donate to AZLEOS Project Blue Christmas Shop with a Cop 2016 Program. Your donation is tax deductible.
I know you have all been waiting to hear the news about the fundraiser that NHN hosted for Shop with a Cop last week. I am so excited to tell you that thanks to their hard work and a very special donor…they raised enough money for us to take 280 children between the Scottsdale and the Mesa Shop with a Cop events! NHN members will be at both events to help us at the registers and pay for the kids as they go through the line. (Yes we still are hosting the Chandler TEEN Shop with a Cop on Dec. 3rd 9am at Chandler Fashion Center)
150 kids on Dec. 10th 7:00am at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center – Breakfast Sponsor Right Toyota – Walmart on Pima
130 kids on December 17th 7:30am at Mesa Community College – Breakfast Sponsor Lerner and Rowe –Target on Longmore
Final Meeting: Friday, November 18th 10am at Scottsdale Community College Social Behavioral Building, room SBE-181. It is the building that is just north of the Round-about and Flags near the Chaparral traffic light.
What does this means for all of us? We will need increased numbers of law enforcement personnel to attend both events so that we can pair up each child (one on one) with a cop for breakfast and shopping.
*If your agency wants to bring children that need help, with your department escorting…please plan on attending this meeting and notify us of the number of children you want to bring for both events.
*If you don’t want to bring children, but your agency wants to attend one or both of the events and shop with the children, please attend this meeting with approximate numbers of law enforcement personnel you think will want to be involved from your agency so we have a starting point for recruiting.
Everyone is invited to participate in planning….All branches of law enforcement throughout AZ and federal agencies, military, veterans, spouses and families of law enforcement, allies of law enforcement and kids, sponsors, donors, media.
2016 Shop with a Cop Event Dates and Locations
Saturday, December 3rd – 9am – Chandler Fashion Mall – Breakfast at the mall followed by shopping at the Mall for 2 hours. Hosted by Chandler PD, Chandler Fashion Center and MCCCD PD.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 7:00am – Granite Reef Senior Center –Breakfast followed by shopping at the Walmart on Pima/Chaparral Rd near the campus, hosted by MCCCD PD and Salt River PD.
Saturday, December 17, 2016–7:30am – Mesa Community College- Breakfast followed by shopping at Target adjacent to the campus, hosted by MCCCD PD and Mesa PD.
Special guests will be at both breakfasts! Star Wars characters, Superheroes and Princesses! There is also a pretty good chance of SNOW we are told by Santa who will be coming in an MRAP Tank!
Each child/teen will be paired up with their own law enforcement officer to help them spend $100. The children of veterans who are deployed or injured will also be participating in these Shop with a Cop events.
Last year we had 20 local, county, state and federal Law Enforcement agencies participating!
Will you consider a tax deductible donation?
AZLEOS (Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support)
8414 E. Vista Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85250 President: Cynthia Hill 480-695-2494
Donations can be made on line at AZLEOS.org through PAYPAL
Sponsors of $1000 and over will be listed on our banners for all the events. All businesses that donate and submit a logo to email@example.com will be thanked on social media weekly over the next 4 months. Personal donations will remain private unless you ask for recognition on social media.
AZLEOS is a 501c3 Tax ID # 47-2952266
Keep following Arizona LEOS Facebook page for updates and details.
Please buy your ticket to support AZLEOS Shop with a Cop. NHN members help volunteer at the event, bag the presents, and take 100% of the money that is raised during this amazing Happy Hour and pay for the kids holiday gifts. It is an amazing example of putting our community in community policing. This year their goal is 150 kids! Last year they sponsored 120 kids 🙂. Let’s help them meet their goal and help our cops connect with kids at risk. Thank you NHN!! Tickets are $30.
Thank you AES (Arizona Elevator Solutions)…Another great sponsor and partner for AZLEOS Back Pack to School event this Sunday at Phoenix Children’s Hospital providing our police officers a chance to enjoy an ice cream social with the kids receiving radiation for cancer and sickle cell anemia and give them backpacks and share stories with them.
Thank you Jamie Harbach Mezosi for buying all the backpacks and binders to be delivered to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital this Sunday. And that handsome little helper is Jane D’Amelio’s nephew, Blake Mezosi. Blake volunteered to stuff and organize the backpacks. The kids at PCH will love them!! ❤️
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:
Kevin Rowe, Esq.
Lerner and Rowe, P.C.
Lerner and Rowe Donates $10,000 to AZLEOS Project Blue – Back “Pack” to School, a community police back-to-school project, that directly benefits disadvantaged elementary school students in Maricopa County.
(Scottsdale, AZ) – The Law offices of Lerner and Rowe donated $10,000 to AZLEOS Project Blue – Back “Pack” to School charitable school supply drive. The donation will be used to purchase back to school items to fill 200+ backpacks, as well as gift cards, for students to purchase a new pair of shoes for the upcoming school year. Lerner and Rowe is encouraging others to also donate, and help make a difference, by dropping off school supplies at Right Honda or Right Toyota, located off Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale through July 27th.
“AZLEOS Project Blue back to school supply drive is an excellent example of the positive impact that can take place when community members bond together to support our local youth and neighborhoods,” said attorney Kevin Rowe. “We’re proud to be part of this project and for the opportunity to show our support of the men and women in blue who go above and beyond daily to serve, protect and give back for the betterment of our communities.”
Please contact Cindy Hill via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed list of needed school supplies, and for more ways to donate and support the 2016 AZLEOS Project Blue – Back “Pack” to School supply drive.
Written out version:
It’s no secret that police have a public image problem. Recent high-profile confrontations between offices and suspects have brought these longstanding issues to the forefront of public discourse. Officer Jim Hill and the MCC police, however, have made improving relationships with the community a priority. Hill, who has been a police officer for almost 30 years, spoke on the necessity of what he called “community policing.” “When I see communities out there having issues with their police departments, the unrest — I can tell right away, there was no foundation there to begin with,” he said.
Hill began his career in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the city’s so-called “crack epidemic.” “So I know how important it is to be in those neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s not just, you know, driving through, checking the computer, going from call to call.” As a result of his experiences, Hill was not afraid to criticize what he sees as failings on the part of police. “Staffing and the budgets have been slashed so much, you don’t see people out in the communities, actually walking around the neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s become call-taking instead of community policing.” “I see too many departments that think community policing is having a podium moment,” Hill added.
In Hill’s estimation, it’s important for officers to remember their role both as enforcers as well as members of their community. “It goes back to one of the founders of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel, who talks about police (being) just part of the community that gets paid to take care of the community,” he said. “So you have to remember to remind yourselves that you’re still part of the community, and also let the community know that you’re all still together.” Hill also mentioned problems with citizens not understanding police and their work.
“People don’t understand what police work actually entails,” he said. “All they see is the couple-second soundbite that runs endlessly on the 24-hour news cycle and think that’s the entirety of the story, and that’s the entirety of policing.” To make his point, Hill told a story of his time working with members of the Yaqui community in Guadalupe. “We have a Yaqui neighborhood in Scottsdale also, and Guadalupe is half Yaqui Indian. Well, they’re all cousins, and that was my beat,” he said.
During a presentation on gangs in Guadalupe, Hill was confronted by a Yaqui man, who accused the officer of racial profiling.“All of a sudden, this kid stands up, about 27 years old. And I thought, ‘Here we go, the whole crowd’s going to turn on me,’” he said. “He was a kid from Scottsdale back when I was a beat officer. And he said, ‘I grew up around (Hill), I worked parks and rec in Scottsdale, and you better sit down.’” “It’s one of those moments when you’re like, it works,” Hill added. These and other experiences have confirmed for Hill the need for community relations.
In addition to working actively in the community, Hill noted the importance of giving back to the community. During his time as president of the Scottsdale police association, Hill made charity work a keystone of the association’s work. “If you’re going to be out there complaining that we need more money for stuff, you should probably be doing something extra out there in the neighborhood,” he said. After joining MCC’s department, one of Hill’s first events paired children and law enforcement to do shopping for the holidays.
“It wasn’t bad for a first year,” he said. “We had 250 kids and each got $100 to go shopping, we had a big breakfast, a big party here… and then Santa showed up and we all went shopping at Target here.” While the event helped to give children a positive impression of police, according to Hill, it also reflected well on the college and district. “There’s 250 kids who may have had a positive experience, who might say, ‘I never thought about going to college, but there’s a college right here I went to, and that was a really good experience. Maybe that’s the one I want to go to,’” he said. “What I’m hoping for is that they say, ‘I want to be a cop.’”
Hill also described his and the department’s ties to ABLE, the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Association, a group that focuses on drawing African-Americans to police work. “In the African-American community, there’s a lot of ‘Well, not the police.’ Here’s a whole group that’s dedicated to African-American police officers,” he said. “We’ve always had a partnership with them.” Hill retains high hopes for the future of community involvement with MCC’s police. “One of the things we’ve always said is, ‘If you can think of a program or an idea, we’ll create a program around it,’” he said. “We’re open to anything.”
One of Hill’s ongoing projects is called Book’Em, which features police officers reading to children at Fiesta Mall. “We’re actually getting moms and nannies and stuff bringing their kids and putting it on their calendar,” he said. “Eventually, I’d like to one day a month over there, and one day a month at our (MCC) library to get that connection going with the community,” he added. The next Book’Em event will take place on April 13. Another program is CODE 3 Sports, in which a team of first responders and a team of high schoolers will be trained by local coaches, culminating in a final game of flag football.
]Practices for CODE 3 began on April 3.For Hill, keeping the department open and accountable to the community is paramount. “It’s about getting everybody involved so it isn’t just our little bailiwick here to keep everything secret,” he said. “The more people involved, the better.” More information on these and other programs can be found at http://www.arizonaleos.com/