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SRPD recipients of the Indian Country Intelligence Network awards (l-r): Lt Sandoval, CSS R. Marquez, Off. Quintero and Off. Stahal

SRPD Received Four Awards from the Indian Country Intelligence Network

By Det. Vicente Cendejas
Public Information/Community Relations Officer
Salt River Police Department

The Salt River Police Department received four awards from the Indian Country Intelligence Network (ICIN).

Lieutenant A. Sandoval and Crime Scene Specialists Rachelle Marquez both received the “Outstanding Exceptional Award”. Officers J. Quintero and J. Stahl both received the “life saving award.” They were all recognized for their contributions and received the distinguished Awards at a public ceremony held at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Building on December 12, 2013.

ICIN was created in 1994; it was the first Indian Country Law Enforcement to have state wide partnership between all Arizona’s 21 Indian Tribes. ICIN is comprised of law enforcement executives from Tribal Law Enforcement and Correction Agencies as well as representatives from BIA, FBI, United States Attorney's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and State and Municipal agencies from throughout Arizona. ICIN was founded by Salt River Police Department Assistant Chief Karl Auerbach and it continues to recognize outstanding contributions and Officers in Indian Country.

In the last 12 months Lieutenant Sandoval served the Community for four months as a Sergeant prior to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Sandoval is now coaching and mentoring a new Sergeant over the Traffic Enforcement Bureau. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Sandoval the Traffic Enforcement Bureau received an award for Best Practices in Indian County 10 months ago. Lieutenant Sandoval has submitted and received over $600,000 dollars worth of grant funding for use by the Salt River Police Department in 2013.

His efforts directly correlated to several new vehicles for the PD as well as numerous computers and other items. Lieutenant Sandoval is also currently SRPD’s Commander of our Special Operation Unit and he is over the Field Training Program. However, most importantly Lieutenant Sandoval has consistently modeled the appropriate behavior that we need of a Command Staff team member in law enforcement, in Tribal Country, and on the Salt River Police Department.

CSS Marquez is the only Crime Scene Specialist for the SRPD, and handles an extremely large volume of work – it should be noted, several years ago this same work load was divided among three Crime Scene Specialists. During FY2013, CSS Marquez responded to 64 call outs and impounded over 350 items of evidence on numerous cases, ranging from property crimes to homicides. CSS Marquez organized training for ALL CID detectives and presented hands on training in groups of three to five covering BlueStar, OBTI, Hemastix and DNA Swabbing. Marquez is always thinking of others and sought out OSHA training for Bloodborne Pathogens, eye wash stations and other required equipment to ensure safety for all. Without a doubt, CSS Marquez is an invaluable asset to this department and the Community and more than worthy of the Outstanding Exceptional Service Award.

Officer J. Quintero and J. Stahl was selected for the life saving award due to a event that took place On March 8, 2013, at approximately 2233 hours, Officers Quintero and Stahl responded to the area of State Route 87 and the Salt River Landfill reference a suicidal subject who stabbed himself in the chest then ran off into the desert. The conditions of the area were harsh consisting of muddy and wet roads as well as little to no lighting in the area. With the assistance of the suicidal subject’s family they were able to locate the gravely injured person who was bleeding. The conditions hindered the Fire Departments ability to reach the individual, which knowing inaction to save the individual would most likely result in his death, Officer Quintero drove the family’s SUV to retrieve the subject while Officer Stahl stayed in the back of the SUV to maintain pressure on the wound. Thanks to them, the situation was handled appropriately and a life was saved.

Special thanks to them for being outstanding in a crisis situation.

Lieutenant A. Sandoval, Officers J. Quintero and J. Stahl and Crime Scene Specialists Rachelle Marquez, are all true leaders and role models for current and future Salt River Police Officers and Team members. They all have shown the upmost respect to all Community members and peers in all they do. Salt River Police Department thanks them all for their continued service and we anticipate that all of them will continue to excel in their positions.

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