Special Victims Unit (SVU)

The Prescott Valley Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) is committed to the provision of quality services to victims, survivors and witnesses of Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Domestic Violence as well as persons involved in non-criminal crisis circumstances.

Responsibilities

The Prescott Valley Police Department SVU is victim centered and provides evidence base and trauma informed care for victims throughout the response and investigation of misdemeanor and felony offenses for Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Domestic Violence cases. SVU is committed to being proactive in the community promoting awareness, education, and resources for preventative intervention.

Team Members

The Prescott Valley Police Department SVU is part of the Criminal Investigations Division, overseen by Sergeant Jason Kaufman and Lieutenant Scott Stebbins. The current unit members include:

  • Detective Shayleen Elenz who specializes in Sex CrimesSVU Ribbon PVPD
  • Detective Jake Mathis who specializes in Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
  • Victim Service Liaison Laura Mandt who specializes in Sex Crimes
  • Community Service Officer’s Javier Martinez and Kacee Graber who serve victims of all crimes including domestic violence.
  • Administrative Support Michaela Gill

The SVU Personnel have specialized training for working with victims, crisis intervention, and investigating Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Domestic Violence cases.

Training 

The Special Victims Unit presents classes to officers, educators, health care workers, community members, and Citizen Police Academy students to provide them with the tools to recognize, understand, and work with people who have been or are at risk of being victimized.

If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities contact Victim Services

Victim Services 

Prescott Valley Police Department Victim Services is dedicated to assisting and empowering victims to be confident and able to fully participate and be heard throughout the criminal justice process.

Victim Rights are part of the Arizona State Constitution. As a victim of crime there are automatic rights but there are also rights that you must request. Victim Services will help you better understand these rights and how you can exercise them to your benefit.

The Criminal Justice System is complex and can become overwhelming. Victim Services is to helping victims and their families understand and participate in the Criminal Justice process in a meaningful way through support and guidance. There are numerous community resources available to victims and survivors of crime. Our goal is to ensure that you know the resources that will help you regain your well-being.

Our mission is to provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to feel safe. If you need help please do not hesitate to contact Victim Services.

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