PVPD Family Violence Unit recognized for service

The Prescott Valley Police Department Family Violence Unit received the 2015 Leadership Award for outstanding service to family violence victims in Prescott Valley and Yavapai County on April 21 during an “Engaging Communities/Empowering Victims” event, as part of the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center Director Kathryn Chapman nominated the F.V.U. for this prestigious honor.

“The Family Violence Unit is a model example of how law enforcement can provide effective leadership in its response to victims of crime,” said Chapman, who served as a civilian member of the F.V.U. in 2009-2010. “This unit deserves our accolades for their leadership, integrity and commitment to crime victims, and for finding a better way to end domestic violence in our community.”

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell gave the keynote address at the event. Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, recognized six Arizona individuals and organizations for their positive impact and significant contributions to their communities.

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell commended the members of the F.V.U.

“As chief of the Prescott Valley Police Department, I am honored to have the outstanding individuals of the Family Violence Unit serving the citizens of Prescott Valley. The state of Arizona now knows what I have had the opportunity to see every day; a group of highly dedicated and committed professionals who work tirelessly to serve victims of family violence.”

P.V.P.D. Deputy Chief James Edelstein, Corporal Mike Williams and F.V.U. Detective James Tobin were on hand to receive the award from Attorney General Brnovich.

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