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Keeping the Community Safe

The Salt River Young People’s Council provide a presentation to the youth about the dangers of addiction; they are spreading awareness through their Tradition Not Addiction campaign.

Community Recreational Services of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community provided a second Keeping Our Community Safe event at the Way of Life Facility for their second-session summer camp youth and other community youth programs on Wednesday, July 17. The youth learned about the Salt River Fire Department (SRFD), Salt River Police Department (SRPD), drug awareness and safety awareness.

Salt River Firefighters show the youth what type of equipment they use to help patients.
In the first workshop, representatives from the SRPD demonstrated the equipment used by their SWAT team. They demonstrated drones that help seek criminals and robots that handle suspicious items. The dispatch division explained what their jobs entail; sometimes they use eight computers at once when on a call.

The SRFD firefighters and EMTs showed the youth the equipment they use on a daily basis, including monitors that check a patient’s vital signs. Firefighter/EMT Joseph Christopher demonstrated how fast he could put on his fire gear and equipment: in less than one minute.

Youth receive stickers from the Young River People’s Council Tradition Not Addiction Workshop. Youth get to pick a prize at the Salt River Police Department workshop.
The Young River People’s Council (YRPC) provided a presentation on drug abuse awareness, encouraging the youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol. They explained the hidden dangers of street drugs today, including deadly ingredients such as fentanyl.

“We want you to stay drug-free and stay on the right path to live a good life,” said YRPC President Sommer Lopez to the youth. “We want you to live a healthy lifestyle in a world where there is no drug addiction.”

Salt River Firefighter/EMT Joseph Christopher demonstrates what firefighters have to wear each time they get a call.
The final workshop was presented by Community Health Educator Vurlene Notsinneh-Bowekaty on “How My Body Is Safe,” educating children about how they need to be careful of people invading their private area, ways they can tell people “no” and how they can trust an adult. Notsinneh-Bowekaty also touched on the subject of internet safety and sex trafficking to make them aware of the dangers.

The event ended with a K-9 demonstration provided by the SRPD.

Salt River Police Department demonstrate how they use robots and technology to apprehend suspects and retrieve suspicious devices.