Extra Focus in April on Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention
Two important campaigns kick off in April---Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention months.
The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month or SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
The goal of Child Abuse Prevention month is to encourage public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit resources to the cause, and promote community involvement in preventing child mal-treatment.
The Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide services to victims of violent crimes.
This is a community-oriented, collaborative approach to investigate domestic violence, adult and child physical or sexual abuse cases. They are committed to providing quality victim services and community outreach to achieve this goal.
Representatives from the center to include detectives, PCIS and Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) will be at various events and locations to provide information and resources about sexual assault awareness and child abuse prevention:
- Saturday, April 7th, 10 am to 1 pm Family Day at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E Germann Rd, Chandler, AZ, will be a FREE expo for kids and families. More information at www.preventchildabuse.us Sponsored by The Child Abuse Preventions and Awareness Coalition
- Friday, April 13th and 27th, 8 pm to 1am, members of the Special Victims Unit and Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center will be teaming up the SPD DUI unit for a “Know your Limit” detail at 7401 E Camelback
- Wednesday, April 18th, 7 pm to 830 pm, there will be a presentation to the Citizens Academy
About Sexual Assault: Every 2 minutes someone in the United States is the victim of Sexual Assault. That equates to 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men with 44% of victims under the age of 18, 80% are under the age of 30. It is estimated that 55% of sexual assaults are never reported to police and 2/3 of all assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. 15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail. According to a 2010 Crime Report published by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there were 1,557 forcible sexual assaults reported in Arizona.
Aside from the physical injuries that can occur during a sexual assault, the victim will often experience changes to their overall physical and mental health. Women and men who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to suffer from headaches, chronic pain, depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.
About Child Abuse: A child abuse report is made every 10 seconds. That totals more that 3 million reports of child abuse annually in the United States with child neglect being the most common form of abuse. The sad reality is that all forms of child abuse are underreported.
Learn more about The Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center and available resources and tips at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/assistance/fac.
With tax season now in full swing, the IRS has released an alert regarding a tax refund scheme that is being seen nationwide. The scheme offers to secure a refund for those who have no income or a very low income (those who usually do not need to file a tax return). As is commonly seen in many types of scams, the con artist will ask for a fee up front. The con artist will tell the victim that they qualify for refund using the American Opportunity Tax Credit regardless if the victim was actually enrolled in or paying for college. They may even go so far to tell the victim that even if the victim went to college years and years ago, they qualify for the tax credit (which isn’t the case). The con artists are targeting senior citizens, families and church members. Don’t become a victim! Please see the attached information from the IRS. Flyer
Applications available for
Public Safety Teen Academy
Although summer is months away, it's not too early for teens 14 to 18 to start applying for the Public Safety Teen Academy, June 4-8, 2012. The class is limited to 40 participants and seats go quickly! The free program offers a total public safety hands-on experience, including exposure to police and fire training, tactics and job duties. Apply online at by March 30. See attached flyer.
The Scottsdale Police Department
The Scottsdale Police Department has excellent job opportunities in the following fields:
Police Officer, Police Aide, Communications, Detention Officers, Crime Lab, Records, and
Crime Scene Specialists.
Visit our website at
From the Desk of
Commander Bruce Ciolli
What’s in Your Wallet?
Do you know everything that is in your wallet or your purse? Is your purse large enough and full enough that your shoulder goes numb from the weight?
If you don’t know everything that’s inside your wallet or purse it’s probably time to take an inventory and to remove that which you don’s absolutely need. The first item to check is your cash. Probably most of us would like to have more cash in our pocket books but the reality is, the more you have the more of a risk you take. When you open up your wallet or purse to pay for the cup of coffee and everyone around you sees that there is plenty of money to buy not only your coffee but also beverages for an entire group of coffee drinkers, it could be providing ideas for criminals that make a living off stealing purses and wallets.
Those tempting plastic cards can cause havoc if they fall into the wrong hands! Carry only one credit card at a time; in the event it’s stolen it will be a lot easier to cancel one card rather than a pile of plastic. Make sure that your answer to remembering your PIN (personal identification number) or password isn’t a note in your purse, but rather a mental note.
How often do you use your social security card? Probably not very often and in most cases only the number is needed. Keeping your social security card in your wallet provides a thief with one of your primary identification items and will make their life a lot easier when attempting to gain credit or access to your banking while pretending to be you. Leave your card at home in a safe and secure place!
Don’t use your purse as a jewelry storage system. As protective of your purse as you may feel, there is always a chance someone with just a little more strength is going to grab and run with it.
Today is the day to remove items from your wallet or purse that are not needed except on rare occasions (when you can plan ahead and take them with you).
- Social Security cards
- Gift cards
- Excessive credit cards (take only what you need)
- Excessive cash
- PIN (personal identification numbers)
Commander Bruce Ciolli
Calendar of Events
Ready Scottsdale - Thursday April 12th, 2012 from 5:30 pm 6:30 pm at the Mustang Library- This FREE presentation will discuss the need for preparedness and simple steps you can take to protect your family and loved ones in the event of an emergency. Specifically, the seminars will discuss creating a disaster supply kit, making a family disaster plan, and a list of resources to help each member of the family protect themselves. For more information, contact John Moede, Emergency Management Coordinator, at EMHS@ScottsdaleAZ.gov call 480-312-1832. Visit EMHS Training to register.The Desert Dog Regional
Police K-9 Trials - Watch a lively police dog competition featuring police K-9 teams from around the Southwest. The Desert Dog Regional Police K-9 Trials take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, 2012 at Scottsdale Stadium; 7408 E. Osborn Rd. A $1 donation is requested. The event includes vendor booths and displays along with raffles and giveaways. No private dogs will be allowed in the stadium, which is located on the northeast corner of Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard. For more information, visit w.desertdogk9trials.com or call 602-509-2498.
April Pool’s Day - Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center; 2301 N. Miller Road. No fooling – let’s keep our kids safe around water. Our goal is to educate children and families to prevent drowning. Features include raffles, food and prizes as well as exhibits and water safety demonstrations. For more information, call 480- 312-2484.
Document Shredding - Thursday May 3rd 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – noon in the parking lot at the McKellips Police Station located at 7601 E. McKellips RD. Donations will be accepted to benefit Family Promise a local transitional housing facility for homeless families. For more information, view flyer.
Public Safety Community Contact Numbers
and E-mail Links
Scottsdale Police Non-Emergency 480-312-5000
Scottsdale Fire Department 480-312-8000
SPD Drug Enforcement Hotline - Suspected illegal activity, 480-312-TIPS (Hot lines are not monitored)
SPD Traffic Enforcement Hotline - chronic traffic problems, 480-312-CARS
Code Enforcement 480-312-2546
Child Safety Seat Installation 480-312-BABY
CPR/First Aid Classes 480-312-1817
Lockbox for Seniors Program 877-229-5042 Flyer