Angels on Patrol supports families in crisis and youth who have either been abused or neglected and/or whose caregivers are facing extreme financial hardship identified by Phoenix and Tempe Police Officers.
Angels on Patrol:
• Has emergency funds available for officers who identify a crisis situation involving youth or families
• Funds recreational and enrichment opportunities for youth
The mission of Angels on Patrol is to:
• Help children and families in crisis who are identified by law enforcement
• Enhance the public's perception of law enforcement
• Help officers become more than a "band-aid" and positively affect families after the initial crisis has passed.
Due to the nature of their profession, officers often come across horrendous crisis situations. Officers provide immediate assistance and ensure that the situation is stable before leaving. However, many officers have the desire to help families beyond the immediate situation. Angels on Patrol helps officers do this. By helping families and children past their immediate crisis situation, the families and the public have an additional opportunity to see officers as individuals who care about the community they serve.
How does Angels on Patrol work?
When an officer comes across crisis situations involving children and/or families who they feel could use additional assistance, the officer can fill out a Family Application Form and submit it to Angels on Patrol. A board member will conduct follow-up with the officer and with the children/family in question. The application will then be presented to the board of Angels on Patrol. The board will decide whether to approve the application, and if so, to what extent.
The item in question, not cash, will be provided to the children/family.
Example #1: Officers respond to an apartment complex where the 5 young children are left unattended. The children are removed from the home and placed with their aunt who is already raising 3 of her own children on her own. The aunt cannot afford the initial food and clothes to bring the children into her home so the initial responding officers and Angels on Patrol took the family shopping for much needed food and clothes to get them on their feet.
Example #2: A woman and 2 of her 5 children are killed by her husband before he kills himself. The remaining 3 children go to live with their grandmother. The grandmother is limited financially and when her house burns to the ground, she is left with nothing. Through the referral of a School Resource Officer, Angels on Patrol took this family shopping for much needed clothes.
Example #3: A 12 year old girl is hand picked to attend a 6 week summer school in Dallas, TX for future scientists. Her family is struggling financially and having a difficult time paying the airfare from Phoenix to Dallas. Through a Community Action Officer, Angels on Patrol is introduced to this young lady and purchases her plane ticket to Dallas.
Example #4: A School Resource Officer who helped turn the 13 year old boy around through school programs, recognizes that when the boy is accepted into the Junior Ambassador Program which includes a trip to Washington, DC, that the family cannot afford the cost of the program. Through Angels on Patrol, the young boy was able to attend the trip and the mother was overjoyed.
The founder of Angels on Patrol, Lt. Jacqui MacConnell, started this organization after her squad rescued two 5 year old twins and their 8 year old brother, in 2003. The twins had been caged their entire lives and their brother shared their room. The three boys have since been adopted by their foster family and are thriving. Lt. MacConnell stayed involved in the boys lives and knows the challenges the family has faced throughout the years. The goal of Angels on Patrol is to help other officers help other families.