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October 12, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY: AG McKenna advocates confidential services for law enforcement

“Safe Call Now” addresses domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health 

BELLEVUE – Police officers, firefighters and other public safety officers often suffer personal problems caused by the tragedy they see on the job, leading to increased substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide rates. Employee assistance programs are under-utilized, as many officers believe that admitting to a problem will cost them their jobs.

This morning Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will talk about a state law providing help for public safety workers in crisis. He’ll be at an event to support Safe Call Now, a non-governmental organization providing a 24-hour hotline with confidential referrals for treatment. The goal is to solve personal problems before they become a public crisis. Safe Call Now refers clients to resources helping them overcome addictions, marital and family issues, depression, suicide, financial problems and more. Today Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless will present a $25,000 contribution to the organization.


Safe Call Now to receive $25,000 donation from Verizon


  • Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna
  • Congressman Dave Reichert (R—WA 8th Dist)
  • State Senator Adam Kline (D—Seattle 37th District)
  • Sean Riley, Founder & Executive Director, Safe Call Now
  • Kelvin Crenshaw, SAC, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Joe Hawe, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Renee Maher, Executive Director, Coalition of Metropolitan Police & Sheriffs
  • Joyce Buck, Verizon Wireless, Director of Business Sales
  • Milt Doumit, Verizon Foundation Director, State Government Relations


10:30 am; Tuesday, October 12


Memorial Garden
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 1st Ave. South
Burien, WA  98148

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Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725


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