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Prescott Valley Police Department Police Chief, Bryan Jarrell, continually encourages his patrol officers to look for opportunities to make “meaningful contacts” with citizens of our community. One such meaningful contact occurred on Monday, March 26, 2018 at a local mobile home park.
The incident began as a call of suspicious circumstances occurring at the mobile park where an elderly man on a walker was walking around attempting conversations in a nonsensical way. Upon arrival, Officer Brandon Frost and Sgt. Nancy Roberts contacted an 89-year-old gentleman with a walker seated at a table in the dog park area.
Officer Frost quickly discerned that the gentleman was delusional and suffering from dementia. The gentleman told Officer Frost that he lived in a hotel several blocks away and hadn’t eaten in three days. Officer Frost asked the gentleman if he could buy him lunch at Burger King and later take him home. The gentleman agreed. After lunch Officer Frost took him home and walked him to his room to see his living conditions.
Officer Frost said the room was clean, but unorganized. There were no cooking utensils or food inside the room. When Officer Frost asked the gentleman what he eats and how he cooks his food, the gentleman said that he goes to Circle K every couple of days and buys a sandwich for $2. When Officer Frost asked the gentleman if he was open to living somewhere else that would assist him in a better living condition where meals would be prepared, he stated he would like some assistance.
When Officer Frost left the gentleman, he contacted the Arizona Adult Protection Services and filed a report. He was informed that a representative from APS would be responding to the gentleman’s room within two days. Officer Frost stated that he was going to follow up on the gentleman until APS makes contact with him.
Upon hearing about this incident, Police Chief Jarrell commended Officer Frost for showing such “outstanding human compassion.” He then thanked the officer for “going way above and beyond” what he means by making “meaningful contacts.” Chief Jarrell said, “This is just an example of what our officers do on a regular basis. I am proud of our officers as they serve our community.”
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.