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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

ARIZONA YOUTH PARTNERSHIP

Arizona Youth Partnership (AzYP) is working with Young Adult Development Authority of Havasu (YADAH) in the Lake Havasu area. AzYP is interested in gathering information from adults in the Lake Havasu area on their perceptions of the use of alcohol and drugs by youth. Your responses to the survey are anonymous. AzYP has hired an outside evaluator to collect the information from the surveys and summarize the results in a report. To take the survey please visit the Arizona Youth Partnership web site.

A CHILD IS MISSING

Lake Havasu City is proud to be added to the list of agencies throughout the United States that is adding another tool in the form of community assistance through telephonic means. A Child is Missing incorporated is contacted by our agency in the case of a missing child, elderly or vulnerable adult and a message is given to them. They then send out an immediate message to residences and business land lines giving a full description of the missing subject and request the listener to assist with looking in their immediate vicinity for this person. A Child is Missing is then notified when the subject is located by the reporting agency. This a great addition to the tools available to law enforcement when it comes to locating our missing loved ones.

N.O.V.A. PRINCIPLES, A PATH TO EXCELLENCE!

The LHCPD N.O.V.A. Principles Program is an interactive program taught by uniformed Law Enforcement Officers in the classroom. N.O.V.A. Principles was created in 2003, encourages youth to abstain from the use of harmful substances, become active in productive and positive self-esteem building activities and to stay on a successful path of making good decisions.

The Lake Havasu City Police Department N.O.V.A. Program annually serves more than 450 fifth graders in five elementary schools and 450 seventh graders in the middle school and approximately 800 students in the ninth grade at the high school level. It began here in the 2012 school year with the assistance of the Lake Havasu City School District and is taught in all of the school district schools and a couple of the independent schools in Lake Havasu City. The program is staffed by nine officers and a sergeant.

N.O.V.A. Principles

The Mission of N.O.V.A. Principles is “Nurturing” youth to seek out positive “Opportunities”, internalize good “Values” and to accept “Accountability” for their choices in life.

This program was designed by law enforcement working closely with leading experts in the field of adolescent psychology and educators, to provide an interactive program that would not only keep the children aware of the lessons being taught but, by being fun, would allow them to recall the curriculum through the activities they were involved in. Then reinforces the initial lessons learned in the core elementary program by enhancing those lessons with Middle School and High School curriculum.

N.O.V.A. Principles encourages parent involvement by providing access through electronic mail to receive a synopsis of the lesson plan taught to their child that week. This information provides an open forum for the parent and child to discuss (the lesson plan) and in some cases, opens the door for communication of topics that may not have been discussed otherwise.

The N.O.V.A. Principles Motto

"Illuminating the Path to Excellance"

The N.O.V.A. Mascot

Polaris, the lone Wolf.

Helping a child understand that they may have to go it alone when it comes to making a good choice, or standing up for what is right and good, is okay. The good, strong Wolf inside of them needs to be nurtured by good choices.

The 9 Principles of N.O.V.A.

  • Study the Situation
  • Cause and Effect
  • True Colors
  • Lifetime Decisions
  • Paradigm
  • Knowledge is Potential Power
  • Boiling Frog Analogy
  • Which Wolf are You Feeding?
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out

Tips for Parents

  • Communication is key to a healthy relationship between you and your child. Find the time to speak with them.
  • Set reasonable boundaries, such as curfew, chores and general responsibilities
  • Habits they develop towards their educational development are repeated in their adult / occupational life, making good choices and emphasizing good attendance and study habits will only help them in their future endeavors.

For information regarding N.O.V.A. Principles you may access their website at www.novaprinciples.com or contact us at Lake Havasu City Police Department / Youth Services Unit (928) 855-1171

SMART CARD PROGRAM

The Lake Havasu Area First Responder Smart Card Program is a new program hosted by the Parent Network and available through the Parent Network and Lake Havasu City Police Department. This program is a multi agency response program providing another level of assistance in responding to locations where there may be a person with a Developmental Disability or Mental Impairment.

In some instances when Police, Fire or Ambulance personnel are responding to a location or vehicle collision, a person involved in the incident may not be able to accurately articulate their problem or emotional state and that due to this inability precious time is used. This tool enables first responders to understand that there is additional information available, at hand in the form of a packet kept in the home or in the vehicle that will state diagnosed disability or medical/medication related needs.

The Smart Card Program is a copyright program from Tri Cities Partnership and is used with their permission. We expect the program to be implemented in the Lake Havasu area by June of 2008.

WALK AWAY PROGRAM

The program was designed and implemented in 1999 as a way for the police officers to better locate persons who have a memory impairment either from a developmental disability such as dementia or alzheimers, impairment from a stroke or a traumatic impact impairment such as memory loss due to head injury.

To register, the primary care-giver contacts the police department and a form is completed, detailing information such as type of impairment, name and physical description and any other pertinent physical or medication related issues. Then a picture is taken and both items are placed into the computer database. A bracelet may be issued to the memory impaired subject when there is history of independence or frequent wandering away from the caregiver. The bracelet is not a permanent item and may be removed for hospital/lab visitation. A person who is entered into the program remains until removed by the caregiver or other information is received.

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