Mayor Norberto Salinas, The City of Mission, and the Mission Police Department
presented a check today for $25,000 to The Foundation at Mission Regional
Medical Center, to benefit the hospital’s Sexual Assault Forensic
Examination (SAFE) Program.
Funds appropriated today will go specifically to the SAFE Program, toward
the purchase of a Secure Digital Forensic Imaging (SDFI) Camera. This
specialized piece of equipment is used to document the injuries inflicted
on victims of abuse, assault and neglect, as part of the evidence collection
performed by a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Acquisition
of the SDFI camera by Mission Regional will make it the first and only
acute care medical center in Hidalgo County to possess this specialized
piece of equipment.
“County-wide, the number of children and adults requiring physical
and forensic examinations related to injuries reportedly from assault,
abuse and neglect continues to climb,” stated Mr. Javier Iruegas,
CEO. “For this reason, Mission Regional decided to create the SAFE
Program, coordinated by a certified sexual assault nurse, to provide 24/7
coverage to the community through our Emergency Department. Thanks to
the generous support of Mayor Salinas, the City of Mission and the Mission
Police Department, we will have the SDFI camera to collect critical evidence
for use by law enforcement to prosecute the alleged perpetrators of these
“Today, I am proud to say the City of Mission is leading the way
in protecting its citizens, young and old, from abuse and neglect,”
proclaimed Mayor Norberto Salinas. “We are taking a stand against
those who harm our children, especially. If you seek to injure or violate
someone in this community, you should know the capabilities of the SDFI
camera are nothing short of amazing! Be sure, we will see what you have
done and use it to prosecute you.
“I am pleased to help make the SAFE Program at Mission Regional Medical
Center a reality,” continued Mayor Salinas, “Because it is
invaluable to the integrity of our growing community—a community
that values health and safety.”
The donation to The Foundation for the purchase of the SDFI camera comes
from the Special Crimes Narcotics Fund, according to Mission Police Chief
“The Mayor, City Council, and the Mission Police Department felt
it was imperative to get behind this project,” explained Chief Longoria.
“First, monies seized from criminal activities are put to good use
when we are able to secure instruments that facilitate the proper investigation
of crimes. Second, having an SDFI camera at Mission Regional for processing
acute cases means victims will receive assistance faster, rather than
suffer needless delays, deterioration of evidence, and possible re-victimization.
Appropriation of funds for this purpose is the direct result of Mayor
Salinas’ vision for our community and his compassion. He led this
team effort that will enhance our quality of life and bring criminals
The SAFE Program at Mission Regional Medical Center is open to everyone.
Victims of violence, abuse and neglect may be referred to Mission Regional
Medical Center’s SAFE Program by agencies throughout Hidalgo County,
or come in on their own. All victims of abuse, assault and neglect are
encouraged to seek medical evaluation as soon as possible for proper treatment.