Spring 2018 District Newsletter
The Scottsdale Police Department has recently taken two major proactive steps to provide lifesaving service, support and resources to those battling the crippling effects of opioid addiction.
Last June, the department became one of the first law enforcement agencies in Arizona to issue Naloxone to first responders and front-line employees for emergency and immediate use on the streets. Since deployment, Naloxone has been administered to six individuals who had critically overdosed on opiates. Six members of our community are here today with a second chance to recover from the disease of addiction due to this amazing product in the hands of our first responders.
In October of 2017, the Scottsdale Police Department partnered with The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family to create the Scottsdale Arizona Angel Initiative. This program allows those suffering from opioid addiction to come to any Scottsdale Police Department station, turn in their drugs without fear of arrest and prosecution and then be paired with a trained, volunteer "Angel." The "Angel" will provide support, guidance, education and monitoring through the rehabilitation process.
These two proactive steps, along with our partnership with the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family, demonstrate our philosophy of service to residents, businesses, families, churches and schools as we maintain a strong and safe community together.
For additional information and the conditions for participation please visit the Arizona Angel Initiative website.
Commander Rich Slavin
Text to 9-1-1
Texting in an emergency is now an option in Scottsdale and across Maricopa County.
The text to 9-1-1 system can assist individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, those with a speech impairment, victims of domestic violence, and victims who are concerned about being heard on the phone by an assailant.
Just as with a voice call, dispatchers will have many questions that will allow them to send the right emergency responders to you. Be prepared: You will have to provide the dispatcher with the location of the emergency. Help will soon be on the way!
Remember, calling is always the best option when possible, as voice calls allow the dispatcher to more quickly ask questions and obtain information from the caller.
The Maricopa Association of Governments purchased special technology in August 2017. Once it was installed, agencies were trained, and the service was launched officially April 2.
Text to 9-1-1 is still in its infancy, and there are some limitations. For instance, the texter will need to enter their location for the 9-1-1 operator as location is not available yet. 9-1-1 cannot be part of a group text. Also, there is no language translation service for text to 9-1-1. All of these will be improved upon in the future.
We are proud to be able to offer a new level of service for those needing it in Maricopa County. Here are answers for some frequently asked questions.
New Medicare cards are coming soon
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun sending out new Medicare cards to all participants. The new cards will remove the Social Security Number and replace it with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. The new cards will be sent out in seven waves, grouped by state. Arizona is in the sixth group and will not go out until sometime after June.
Participants do not need to do anything. If someone calls and offers to help you sign up for the new card, hang up. It is a scam. The new cards will be sent automatically and will be sent out at no charge.
Cyber security while on vacation
With summer rapidly approaching, many of our residents will be heading to cooler climates for vacation. Aside from booking accommodations, packing a suitcase and scheduling exciting excursions and leisure activities, one should also think about the importance of electronic and digital security.
When leaving for vacation many automatically think about locking the doors and windows, setting a timer on the lights, and having neighbors watch over the house. Have you ever thought about your cyber security? For many, it is a necessity to travel with electronic devices, whether it be for leisure or business purposes. Here are a few things to think about that can help protect you:
- Password protect your device. In the event your device is stolen or misplaced, a password can prevent access to the device and personal information stored on it.
- Keep your devices up to date and back them up prior to travel. Update your operating system and apps to protect against malware. Backing up the device will ensure you do not lose any data in the event the device is lost.
- Use your own charger. Plugging your device into an unknown USB port can make you vulnerable to malware.
- Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi. Many Wi-Fi hotspots are not secure, and others can connect with your device without your knowledge. Disable your Wi-Fi connection when not using it, and if you must connect to a public hotspot, avoid using mobile apps that require personal or financial information.
- Regularly check your accounts and keep track of personal information. Review your bank accounts to check for fraudulent activity. If you see fraudulent activity or if sensitive information (passport, driver's license, etc) is lost, report it immediately.
- Do no post your vacation plans or pictures on social media prior to or during vacation. Posting your location or plans to leave can provide criminals with valuable information on when to burglarize your home. Only share and post photos after you return.
School Resource Officers
In this edition of our Behind the Badge video, Chief Alan Rodbell and Community Liaison Chris Vassall talk to some of our school resource officers.
To watch previous episodes of Behind the Badge, just visit the SPD YouTube page.
"Shred It" events
Don't be a potential victim of identity theft. Protect your identity by attending a "Shred It" event. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7 to 10 a.m. on the day of the event at the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Upcoming dates, all Saturdays, are April 7 and May 5. Cost is $4 per box. All paper is shredded on site. These events are hosted by Copper Buttons and the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association. A portion of the proceeds go to charities and individuals in need.
Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Recycle your old electronics equipment, including computers, TVs and phones. Our next electronics recycling event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the North Corp Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Find out all the items that can be recycled.