Chief Wingert: Paradise Valley police open Temple Solel substation

On Jan. 12, the Paradise Valley Police Department opened a substation at the Temple Solel on McDonald Drive.

This grand opening is the second of three substations throughout Paradise Valley that the officers will be able to use.

Peter Wingert

Peter Wingert

You might remember that in November 2015, we coordinated with the Cherokee Elementary School to open a substation on their campus. Later this month, we will open the final substation at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Lincoln. I wanted to explain the importance of having these substations scattered throughout Paradise Valley.

These substations will not be manned on a 24-hour basis. If you have a need to see an officer, you should still contact the Paradise Valley Dispatch Center at 480-948-7410 or 9-1-1 if you have an emergency. Please let us come to you, instead of trying to find an officer at one of these substations.

The purpose of the substation is to have the officer maintain their presence in their neighborhood beat, instead of having to return to the police department to file their reports. The technology at the substation allows for a connection to the police department through the patrol vehicle’s wireless communication cards.

The officers can use the substation to write their reports, take a break, or return phone calls. If, while the officer is at one of the substations, they receive a call for service, the response time to that call for service should be reduced, due to the geographic locations of the substation within the neighborhood beat.

The locations of these substations also host school-age children during the week. Officers, when seen in non-enforcement roles, have the opportunity to be a great role model to students. Whether that positive action takes the form of passing out stickers, answering questions for the students, or reading a story to them, the opportunity for the officers to build positive relationships with the students could have lifelong benefits.

As you can see, the two main benefits of the substations are the reduced response time to calls for service due to their locations within the neighborhood beat, and the opportunity to interact with the children of our community in non-enforcement roles.

A third benefit, which will be difficult to measure, is the crime deterrent factor that a black and white patrol car could provide to these locations.  Children are a caring community’s most precious possession.

Please let me know if you have questions about the substations or other law enforcement matters.

Editor’s note: Mr. Wingert is the Paradise Valley chief of police

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