The RISE Awards recognize individuals and organizations who partner with law enforcement to provide innovative solutions to community problems.
"The RISE Awards were created to recognize the everyday heroes who rise to the challenges of serving our communities with courage and strength every day," said Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of TASER. "This year's awards yielded stories of unparalleled valor and professionalism and put a spotlight on the way community organizations play an important role in fulfilling the mission of building safer communities."
On May 15, 2015 The Yavapai County Coordinated Community Response Team (YCCCRT) was selected from among 200 applicants nation-wide to receive one of six TASER RISE awards. YCCCRT was awarded the RISE "Community Leadership" Award, which includes a $5,000 grant to further community building and problem solving efforts in Yavapai County.
The YCCCRT is a county-wide coalition formed in 2010 by the Prescott Valley Police Department. The mission of the YCCCRT is to collaboratively address family violence and sexual violence problems in the community.
YCCCRT meets monthly and consists of over 70 members from the private sector, business leaders, non-profit organizations, educators, social workers, health care professionals, law enforcement personnel, elected officials, advocates, and survivors from throughout Yavapai County.
YCCCRT facilitates several trainings and events throughout the year to raise awareness, encourage empowerment and improve services to crime victims. On April 15, 2015 YCCCRT hosted a "No More" sexual violence awareness event at Yavapai College in Prescott.
YCCCRT is also hosting the upcoming "Take Back the Night" Candlelight Vigil to honor family violence victims and survivors.
The fourth annual "Take Back The Night" event will be held October 7, 2015 at 05:30 at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.
"Collaboration is key in solving the problems of our community" said PVPD Detective James Tobin, who is Chairman of the YCCRT. "We are honored to receive the TASER RISE award and it is a privilege to do important work with such a talented and dedicated team."
The Prescott Valley Police Department would like remind the public that family violence affects everyone in our community. If you or someone you know is in violent relationship please get help by calling the Prescott Valley Police Department at (928) 772-9267 (non-emergency dispatch), or 911 for emergencies.