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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2013

Contact: Lisa Kutis, PIO
Goodyear Police Department
Office: 623-882-7663
Cell: 480-243-4723 
LKutis@goodyearaz.gov 

Goodyear Police School Substation Program Expands

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Goodyear Police Department in partnership with three separate elementary school districts in Goodyear have adopted an innovative approach to Community Policing. Recently, a new police substation pilot program was established at Mabel Padgett Elementary School in an effort to increase police presence and visibility on the school campus. “The idea of having a police substation at an elementary school has received such rave reviews that we have decided to expand the program. Due to positive feedback from schools, parents and the community, we have expanded our program to include two more elementary schools in Goodyear; Westar Elementary and Centerra Mirage School. ” said Police Chief Jerry Geier. “Officers use the three school substations, which are located in the north, central and south geographical areas of the city, to make calls and write reports during their shift.

"We are fortunate to have incredible relationships between our district and city agencies. Chief Geier and his entire team are a resource for our families and communities. Being able to establish a substation at one of our sites further strengthens those connections. Promoting visibility in our neighborhoods provides another layer of support. We look forward to building upon the relationships already established,” said Avondale Elementary School District Superintendent, Dr. Betsy Hargrove.
 
“We are extremely appreciative of the partnership with Goodyear Police Department. They have consistently worked to maximize the safety and security of our schools. Having a substation at Westar Elementary is another example of the proactive partnership between our school district and the city. Goodyear Police and Fire Departments have a long history of support for our schools,” stated Dr. Andrew Rogers, Liberty Elementary School District Superintendent.
 
According to Chief Geier, “we hope this program will serve as a model for increased school security nationwide.”

WHO: Goodyear Police Department, Liberty and Avondale Elementary School Districts
WHAT: Two additional Police substations established at Westar and Centerra Mirage Elementary Schools
WHEN: Daily, during school hours
WHERE: Westar Elementary School: 17777 W. Westar Dr. AND Centerra Mirage School: 15151 W. Centerra Drive South Goodyear, AZ 85338
CONTACT: Lisa Kutis 623-882-7663 or email at lkutis@goodyearaz.gov with questions or for an interview.


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