Bill's Daily Roundup: Officer Coker Recognized by MADD

08 April 2011  
Dump the Drugs, DUI law excellence, water security and much more.

billcokerA Prescott Police officer has received state recognition. In February, the state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized officers throughout the state that have taken an active role in making Arizona streets safer by aggressively enforcing DUI laws. This year, the Department nominated Officer Robert Coker, who was awarded a plaque at the ceremony. Department officials note over the last 3 years, Coker has been one of the top 5 officers in the number of DUI arrests for the Department and for the past 2 years, he has led the Department in the total number of DUI arrests with 80. Coker has also completed an Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection and Enforcement class, he has tested for and was selected to an appointment as a motor officer in the Department’s Traffic Safety Section and he has become a certified Drug Recognition Expert. Earlier this week, City Council recognized Coker for his state recognition achievement.

MATForce will host a Dump the Drugs event from 9 to noon tomorrow. The Town of Jerome and its Fire and Police Departments are sponsoring this event to help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of teens and out of area waterways. Prescription and over the counter medications can be dropped off at the Jerome Fire Station on Main Street. A Sharps container will also be available for safe syringe disposal. According to MATForce, new research from the 2010 Arizona Youth Survey shows that prescription medication has been abused by 1 out of every 3 twelfth grade students in Yavapai County. Accidental poisonings and overdoses have greatly increased due to prescription and over the counter medication, and much of the abused medication is taken right from the family medicine cabinet.

Water security will be discussed at ten tomorrow morning. Ecosa Institute Director Tony Brown will review the current state of global and local water supplies and propose methodologies for securing water resources into the distant future. In 1996, Brown founded the Institute, where he continues to develop an innovative approach to educating students and graduates in the role of sustainability and design. The talk will take place at the Citizens Water Advocacy Group meeting, which will be held at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located on 882 Sunset in Prescott.

This week the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council approved setting up interviews with the 4 Town Manager finalists and sending some questions, along with notification of possibly other questions for the interviews to be held in person or by video or phone. Council also approved informing the 4 applicants via e-mail about the questions that could be asked of them, including salary, severance, moving expenses and Town Manager Code, to include but not limited to, and including a reference for the applicants to the Town Code and Manager Code. The questioning will be held in closed Executive Session at the applicants’ discretion.

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