Scottsdale Salutes good Samaritan Bob Stump

Bob Stump (Submitted photo)

Bob Stump (Submitted photo)

A commercial real estate broker, forensic accountant and Scottsdale resident, Bob Stump, is a man who uses his skills for the greater good.

Mr. Stump, 64, has been a volunteer of the Scottsdale Police Department for nearly 15 years, having worked in several areas of the department. Now, he is volunteering in the media relations office.

“Well it started in 1999, they had an article in one of the local newspapers that they were looking for volunteers at the Scottsdale Police Department,” said Mr. Stump in an Aug. 18 phone interview. “I looked at the article and said I have a background for that.”

Mr. Stump went on to fill out a 26-page application, the same as employed officers fill out. After the application, he took a polygraph test, and completed a volunteer and policing program.

“It’s never ending changes every day,” said Mr. Stump. “There’s always something of interest.”

Mr. Stump says that’s what has kept him returning to donate his time for 25-35 hours a month, adding up to 6,000 hours, to the department for the past 15 years.

“It’s a benefit to the community to have my background experience increase the productivity and the usefulness of the department,” said Mr. Stump. “And it frees up the officers for other needs and to prioritize within the department.”

When first starting with the department Mr. Stump was assigned to assist citizens within the city before transferring to work in the fraud department. Next, he worked in handicap parking enforcement and eventually landed in the media office.

“For the past seven or eight years I’ve worked in the public information office,” said Mr. Stump.

Some of his responsibilities include fulfilling public information requests, redacting sensitive information and redacting 9-1-1 calls and photographs.

Mr. Stump is also a certified fraud examiner. He says his company has operated in criminal related cases and his real estate background also allows him to work in forensic brokering as well.

Mr. Stump also is known to do pro bono work to help people from being scammed by fraudulent documents within the real estate realm.

Mr. Stump has been married for over 33 years to his wife Linda, who also works in Scottsdale. The two have been residents of the city since 1994.

For more information on volunteering within the city of Scottsdale, visit www.scottsdale.com/volunteer.

If you would like to nominate a Scottsdale volunteer for Scottsdale Salutes, e-mail Melissa Fittro at mfittro@newszap.com.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Fittro can be e-mailed at mfittro@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/melissafittro.

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