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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2013 


Contact: Mike Sakal, City of Goodyear
Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053 or michael.sakal@goodyearaz.gov


Goodyear Police launch pilot program in local school to increase safety, Mayor and City Council praise department’s efforts for innovation

On Thursday, January 24, the Goodyear Police Department in partnership with the Litchfield Elementary School District announced that it is adopting an innovative approach to community policing by establishing a police substation pilot program at Mabel Padgett Elementary School. The program, which is in its early stages, is an effort to increase police presence and visibility on the school campus and to better interact with schoolchildren. Other schools in the district already have inquired with the Goodyear Police Department about placing a substation on their campus.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and City Council praised the police department’s efforts for the innovative project and quickly responding to Mabel Padgett Elementary School Principal Gina De Costa’s request of increasing its presence in the school. The principals’ request came in the days following the tragic fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said, “Our police department is always looking for ways to reach out to better serve the community for better policing, and we believe this will set an example for other cities to follow. Goodyear is a safe community, and we’re always looking at ways to make it safer. Not only does this program benefit students and families, it gives the officers an opportunity to get work done while not on patrol and to interact with students in the community.”

“As our city continues to grow, so does the possibility of the unexpected happening anytime, anywhere,” Mayor Lord added. “A school is supposed to be one of the safest places to be, and we want to make sure that students are not afraid of going to school after hearing about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.”

Goodyear Police Chief Jerry Geier said beefing up their presence in its city’s schools is in its early stages and will be evaluated in the future.

Chief Jerry Geier added, “With the increase in school violence nationwide, it only makes sense to take a proactive approach to increase police visibility on school campuses.” 
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