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Goodyear Police School Substation Program Expands
to Westar and Centerra Mirage Elementary Schools
Goodyear Police Department, in partnership with elementary school districts in Goodyear, have adopted an innovative approach to community policing.
In an effort to increase police presence and visibility on the school campus, a new police substation pilot program was established at Mabel Padgett Elementary School. “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.”
“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 that relationship. Increasing police visibility in our neighborhoods provides another layer of support,” 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.
The Goodyear Police Department hopes this program will serve as a model for increased school security nationwide. Community partnerships like this are a testament to the City of Goodyear Police Department’s “Commitment to Excellence.”