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Arizona Cop Will Go Over Edge For Special Olympics By Karen L. Bune

Shawn Hancock is a cop’s cop. Retired after 20 years with the Albuquerque Police Department, he has been serving with the Chandler Police Department since January 2007 in Chandler, Arizona—a suburb outside Phoenix. He serves as President of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association and, through this association, maintains good relationships with police officers. The association is active with charities, fundraising, community outreach with youth, and aids Habitat for Humanity. Special Olympics is a cause always supported by the organization.

Officer Hancock is now attempting to raise money for the Arizona Special Olympics, and he needs the support of all in law enforcement. On November 10, 2010, he plans to repel off a 17-story high rise building in Phoenix. His purpose in doing this is to provide an opportunity for Special Olympic athletes in Arizona to realize their dreams of competing in sports. “I’ve always had a special place in my heart for people with physical limitations,” Officer Hancock said.

His goal is to raise a minimum of $3,500 in sponsorships, but he would welcome contributions that exceed his goal. Over 9,100 Special Olympic athletes in Arizona will benefit from this worthy cause.

Though economic times are tough, and many people have scaled back their expenditures, everyone needs to dig in their pockets and rob their piggy banks for this outstanding cause. Officer Hancock is ready to embark upon this endeavor and needs the help of colleagues and friends. Click on the link below to donate to this wonderful outreach effort.

Karen L. Bune is employed as a Victim Specialist in the domestic violence unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland. She serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches victimology. Ms. Bune is a consultant for the Training and Technical Assistance Center for the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U. S. Department of Justice. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on victim issues. Ms. Bune is Board Certified in Traumatic Stress and Domestic Violence, and she is a Fellow of The Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is a 2009 inductee in the Wakefield High School (Arlington, Va.) Hall of Fame. She received the “Chief’s Award 2009” from the Prince George’s County Maryland Police Chief. Ms. Bune appears in the 2010 edition of Marquis' Who’s Who in the World, and Marquis' Who’s Who of American Women.

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