On January 26, the Salt River Police Department presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Chandler Simpson, an Eagle Scout candidate with the Boy Scouts of America, in appreciation for his continuing efforts and contributions to the Salt River Police Department and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community through the Family Advocacy Center (FAC).
The FAC assists in establishing a secure and healing environment for victims during the investigation of criminal cases involving child abuse and neglect. The FAC is staffed with a well-trained team that works to reduce harm to children and other vulnerable victims.
Several months ago, Simpson approached SRPD Detective Gessica Boone and asked if there was something he could do for his Eagle Scout project to help the Community and the FAC. Since then, Simpson has gathered donated items to put together 75 “ready-go” bags for children who come to the FAC. Each bag consists of clothing and other donated items.
“A young man named Chandler Simpson brought 75 prepacked bags of donated items for children,” said Child Protective Services (CPS) Program Manager Jo MacLean. “Each individual bag contains shoes, underwear (or diapers) and clothing for a specific age range and gender. These bags were prepared as a project in Chandler’s effort to earn his Eagle Scout status. Thanks to Detective Gessica Boone, who coordinated Chandler’s efforts, Child Protective Services now has items readily available that are often needed in emergency situations.
“Unfortunately, because of the circumstances, children sometimes arrive in CPS’ care in need of basic clothing items, mostly shoes,” MacLean continued. “This donation will save us the time and effort of having to go out and purchase these items and will allow the [FAC] workers to focus their time on providing for the children’s other immediate needs. On behalf of the CPS team, thank you very much.”
The event to honor Simpson featured the award presentation by SRPD Chief Patrick Melvin, a tour of the FAC facility, a presentation from K9 Officer Darryl Garcia with his partner Hunter, and a tour of the SRPD motorcycles and police vehicles.
Those attending from the SRPD were Chief Melvin, Assistant Chief Karl Auerbach, Det. Scott Ballogg, Cpl. Maurice Hurd, Cpl. Tyrone Hubbell, Det. Matthew Hilsabeck, Crime Scene Specialist?? Kathy Kalama, Crime Scene Specialist?? (I am confirming) Rachelle Marquez, Off. Derek Benally, Off. David Pew, Off. Dariusz Gruna, Off. Darryl Garcia, Off. José Quintero, Off. Forest Wood, Off. Dustin Massey, Det. Boone and myself.
The Salt River Police Department and Family Advocacy Center thank Chandler Simpson for his donation to the FAC and appreciate the hard work he has accomplished to make a difference in the lives of children.
The FAC is always accepting donations for SRPMIC children. If you would like to donate, please call (480) 362-5425.