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Celebrate Fozzie’s Fabulous Fifth!
Crisis Intervention dog’s party serves as fundraiser for pet needs
Residents are invited to celebrate Fozzie’s fifth birthday -- all while supporting a good cause. Fozzie is a member of the Police Crisis Intervention Services program, which helps victims of crises deal with traumatic events. The program is hosting this event as a way to gather goods for Vista del Camino’s pet food bank. In addition to donations of unopened pet food, new and gently used towels and blankets for local animal shelters also are being requested.
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29
Where: Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt
Contact: Anthony Pagliuca, crisis intervention specialist, (480) 312-2384, email@example.com
Fozzie responds to a range of traumatic events including car accidents, death notifications and violent crimes. Paws With A Cause, an assistance dog school based in Michigan, donated Fozzie about four years ago when it learned the police department was looking for a therapy dog. The program is the first police department to use a full-time crisis intervention dog.
About the Crisis Intervention Team:
The Scottsdale Police Crisis Intervention Service (PCIS) program provides direct crisis intervention services to individuals and families in response to Police Department referrals and community requests. The team has operated from within the Scottsdale Police Department since 1975. PCIS has been profiled as a model program by the National Institute of Justice in their report “Serving Crime Victims and Witnesses.”
Team members provide on-scene crisis intervention services 24 hours a day in response to Police Department referrals and requests. These include:
• Mental Health Issues
• Suicide Intervention
• Family Problems
• Victim Assistance
• Child Neglect & Abuse
• Elder Neglect & Abuse
• Sexual Abuse & Assault
• Domestic Violence
• Substance Abuse
· Death Notifications & Grief Issues
• Critical Incident Stress Management
Learn more about Fozzie and the Crisis Intervention Team: http://scottsdale.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=3517.