Two Chandler Police Department employees are recent recipients of the prestigious Emmy® Award. Video Production Specialists James Carreño and Jim Schwalenberg were honored by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their production, “30 Compressions.” The public service announcement (PSA) received the Emmy® in the Community/Public Service category of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award Competition. The PSA features audio of an actual 911 phone call with images of child abuse to convey the tragedy of this social issue and the importance of protecting our children. The PSA has been aired on many local news stations, government access channels, and websites.
“30 Compressions” was produced by the Chandler Police Department for the Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition. This coalition is a multidisciplinary effort to raise awareness and prevent infant and toddler homicide and abuse in Arizona. Over 56 agencies are involved in the coalition, bringing together government, the private sector and nonprofits to fight against child abuse. The coalition was started following the death of three-year-old Schala Vera of Chandler, who died August 31, 2009, after she was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend.