July 22, 2004
It happens all of the time: A victim of domestic violence calls police, scared because she received a threatening phone call from her abuser.
Despite a court order of protection in place, police can’t make an arrest because there’s no evidence. It’s her word against his.
Thanks to the Mesa Public Safety Foundation, domestic violence victims and police in Mesa will no longer feel so frustrated.
The foundation agreed Wednesday to donate more than $5,300 to the Mesa Center Against Family Violence so police can buy portable cassette recorders and telephone recording devices to give to victims on a temporary basis.
The money also will be used to buy a laptop computer and special telephones and phone cards so detectives and victims who don’t have telephones can talk anytime, anywhere.
The foundation donated an additional $5,000 so a Mesa detective who investigates child pornography cases can attend a two-week computer forensics school in Florida in the spring.
In addition, Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley agreed to buy a 12-passenger van for the center with seized drug funds.
The van will allow police to drive families to the center together in one trip, and enable detectives to transport computers seized during child pornography investigations.
"The public safety foundation is so good. They’re always there when we need them, and we appreciate the county attorney’s partnership as well," Police Chief Dennis Donna said. "(Romley) truly cares about serving justice and helping out the community."