This week, PVPD had Colton from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Chris from Law Enforcement Coaching train our officers in both mental and physical fitness. This is part of a concentrated effort by PVPD to increase officer health and wellness.
Colton trained in a classroom setting, focusing on the benefits of proper nutrition to nourish our officers who are out patrolling in all types of weather day in and day out. He then focused on proper strength training techniques to help improve physical fitness and mobility while reducing the risk of injuries.
After working with Colton, Chris taught our officers about the importance of yoga and how it can be incorporated into the life of an officer. He focused on the stretches and breathing techniques that can help officers during stressful times and situations they encounter on their duties.
Chris pointed out that many of the stances that officers take, whether they are prone, kneeling, or standing, while on patrol are similar to yoga poses. The entire team and staff enjoyed having our trainers out to give them new tools to help them with their daily activities and to improve their health and wellness.
High Pollution Advisory Issued for June 2nd
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory for Friday, June 02. A "High Pollution Advisory" or "HPA" means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard. Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Ozone: Ground level ozone is formed by a chemical reaction that needs heat from sunlight, nitrogen oxides and VOCs to form. The months of April through September make up our Valley’s longer-than-normal "ozone season."
- Wood burning in residential fireplaces, chimeneas, outdoor fire pits, and similar outdoor fires are prohibited in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.
- Employees and contractors of government entities are prohibited from operating leaf blowers. Residents are encouraged to avoid leaf blowing.
- Off-road vehicle use should be avoided.
- Drive as little as possible: carpool, use public transit, or telecommute. For information on transportation alternatives, visit Valley Metro: www.ShareTheRide.com.
- Fuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours.
- Reduce your time waiting in long drive-thru lines. For example, at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, or banks. Park your vehicle and go inside.
- Use low-VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.
- Delay big painting projects until HPAs have passed.
- Make sure containers of household cleaners, garage and yard chemicals and other solvents are sealed properly to prevent vapors from evaporating into the air.
- Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimeneas, and outdoor fire pits.
- Avoid using leaf blowers. Use a rake or broom to keep debris out of the road and away from storm drains, ditches, and streams.
- Conserve electricity.
Training for pepper
Have you seen Pepper the dog around the Police Department?
She works full time as a support team member, helping to reduce stress for officers and staff.
This week, Pepper had the opportunity to attend a service training at Arrowhead Mall to learn new skills. During the training, she learned how to ride an escalator and elevator properly.
Great work, Pepper!