Originally Published: April 1, 2018 5:53 a.m.
Prescott Valley Police Department Police Chief Bryan Jarrell continually encourages his patrol officers to look for opportunities to make “meaningful contacts” with citizens of our community. One such meaningful contact began around 9 a.m. Monday, March 26, at the Shadow Mountain Mobile Home Park, 7901 E. Highway 69, in Prescott Valley.
A call came in that an elderly man on a walker at the mobile park was meandering around attempting conversations in a nonsensical way. Upon arrival, officer Brandon Frost and lead officer Nancy Roberts found the man seated at a table in a dog park area.
Frost quickly discerned that the man was delusional and suffering from dementia. The man told Frost that he lived in a hotel several blocks away and hadn’t eaten in three days. Frost asked the man if he could buy him lunch at Burger King and then drop him off at his home. The gentleman agreed. After lunch, they drove to the man’s hotel and Frost walked the man to his room to see his living conditions.
Frost said the room was clean, but unorganized. There were no cooking utensils or food inside the room. When Frost asked the gentleman what he eats and how he cooks his food, the man said that he goes to Circle K every couple of days and buys a sandwich for $2. When Frost asked the man if he was open to living somewhere else that would assist him in a better living condition where meals would be prepared, he said he would like some assistance.
When Frost left the man, he contacted the Arizona Adult Protection Services and filed a report. He was informed that a representative from APS would be responding to the man’s room within two days. Frost stated that he was going to follow up on the man until APS makes contact with him.
Upon hearing about this incident, Police Chief Jarrell commended Frost for showing such “outstanding human compassion.”
“This is just an example of what our officers do on a regular basis,” Jerrell said. “I am proud of our officers as they serve our community.”
Information provided by the Prescott Valley Police Department