After 10 years serving the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association Board of Directors as the executive director of POSA Outreach, I have decided to leave the position on Jan. 31.
I started as a POSA volunteer in 2002. In 2005 the POSA board asked me to develop and grow community programs for the newly created POSA Outreach, a 501(c)3. This position eventually turned into a paid position because of the enormous full time work involved.
It has been an amazing opportunity growing POSA Outreach from just an idea as a volunteer into the outstanding leader in the Law Enforcement Community it is today. I believe I’ve taken POSA Outreach as far as I can.
Therefore, I’ve decided to leave POSA Outreach and start a new law-enforcement-and-community-based charity that will take all the great programs that I created here in Scottsdale to a state wide level.
This idea first came to me last October when I attended the AZCOPS conference with my husband, Jim. At the conference AZCOPS leadership gave POSA an award for outstanding community service based largely on the community programs led by POSA Outreach.
Throughout the conference the leaders of law enforcement associations from all over Arizona came and talked to us to find out all about our programs and to ask for our advice and help. I continue to get requests to serve as a consultant in building these programs.
Given the current state of police and community tensions throughout the country, I realized there is too much need in Arizona for community service programs that build bridges between law enforcement and the community for me to sit on my laurels, when I know I can take all the great programs I started here to communities throughout Arizona.
This is a mission that I feel very strongly about, and I will be doing it as a volunteer dedicated to law enforcement and our communities.
I wish that I could give more details about the new charity, but at this time the creation is still in its’ infancy.
Once I’ve finalized all the legal groundwork and pulled together a board of law enforcement professionals and law enforcement supporters, I would love to sit down and talk about the new charity’s goals and mission.
Editor’s note: Mrs. Hill is the executive director of the Police Officers Of Scottsdale Association Outreach