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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release Thursday, June 27, 2013
CONTACT: Sergeant Bert Anzini
Public Information Officer
623 222-4044

Surprise Police Officer Chris Tovar recognized for outstanding service to the community

SURPRISE, AZ (June 27, 2013)... Post 285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored Officer Chris Tovar of the Surprise Police Department on Thursday morning with their 2012 Annual Police Officer Recognition Award. Officer Tovar had been nominated for this award due to his dedication to the community and his concern for the people he serves.

Officer Tovar is currently assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit where he is responsible for a variety of assignments. These responsibilities include teaching safety in schools, working with community leaders to reduce crime, attending home owner association and block watch meetings, and leading informative classes for the public on topics such as elder abuse awareness. Additionally, Officer Tovar has been instrumental in organizing the Surprise Police Department's annual toy drive, fund raising activities for Special Olympics of Arizona, and the police open house event Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.).

Chris Tovar receives VFW award