CALL exploring citizen involvement with law enforcement in Casa Grande, Apache Junction

June 25, 2008

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The advantages of citizens becoming involved with law enforcement will be featured during two presentations at Central Arizona College in Casa Grande and Apache Junction.

The two-hour sessions will be conducted by Marcia Romano, administrative manager of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office volunteer services bureau. A nationally-certified speaker/trainer, Romano has earned state and national awards for one of the service programs she developed.

She plans a wide-ranging presentation that covers a variety of aspects concerning citizen involvement and law enforcement, from volunteer and victim services to crime prevention and safety planning.

“I will speak on volunteerism, effective partnerships involving law enforcement and citizens, neighborhoods and businesses,” Romano explained. “We will also talk about integrating public funding and private donations to meet community needs with the growing population of Pinal County.”

She also will address services to victims of crime and basic safety planning techniques.

Romano’s presentation is sponsored by Central Arizona Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.), a service of Central Arizona College. Admission is free of charge and registration is open to the public.

In Casa Grande, the presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 9, in Room 105 of Central’s Corporate Center. The center is located in the Palm Center, 540 N. Camino Mercado, just off Interstate 10 at the Florence Boulevard exit.

The class in Apache Junction will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 16, in Room 442 of Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus located at 273 East Old West Highway.

As manager of PCSO’s volunteer services bureau, Romano oversees 150 volunteers in eight distinct programs and also coordinates the sheriff’s critical-incident stress management team.

As a volunteer herself, she is president for the PCSO Justice Foundation, a non-profit organization that she described as “dedicated to citizen linkage with law enforcement for safety, prevention, education and services to victims and survivors.”

Romano also is a member of the Governor’s Commission for Service and Volunteerism and is a speaker/trainer with the National Sheriff’s Association. Her victim-service program is the recipient of 2006 state and 2007 national awards for service to victims of crime. As a part of her work Romano has created a non-profit service organization and two private foundations to benefit citizens of Pinal County.

 “I mobile resources - people, money and programs,” she noted. “I also design the infrastructure for effective programs, train and empower people to serve others, and raise funds through grants, events, campaigns and unique partnerships to meet needs and solve problems in rural Arizona.”

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners. It provides a variety of short-term, informal, low-cost, high-quality classes.

A year-long membership to CALL is $89, though non-members are always welcome. There is no limit to how many free classes members can attend. Some classes offered may have additional supply or travel fees.

The C.A.L.L. Summer Catalog can be found at libraries and chambers of commerce throughout Pinal County, as well as the YMCA in the Copper Basin subdivision. The catalog may also be viewed online at www.centralaz.edu/call.

To register for any of the C.A.L.L. classes or to receive a catalog, please contact Joel Beck at the C.A.L.L. office by phone (480-677-7721 or 520-494-5444, x 7721) or e-mail (joel.beck@centralaz.edu).

 

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