A Word from the Sheriff

I have heard many compliments from Commissioned and Corrections staff about the new radio system and am proud of the successful outcome of this project.  Many of you know that just a few short weeks after the radio cutover, an armed suspect barricaded himself with hostages inside an Oro Valley home after fleeing from deputies.  During this incident, it was necessary for our deputies to have radio contact with personnel from the Oro Valley Police Department, Pima Regional SWAT, Pima Regional Bomb Squad and the Golder Ranch Fire District in order to communicate for a successful outcome.  The members of all agencies were very happy with their ability to talk on one frequency and clearly hear each other.  I am pleased with the new system and grateful for the collaborative effort of all of our team in their skills to perform a safe rescue of the hostages. 

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News from Chief Deputy Nanos

As the month of May approaches, we are reminded through the celebration of National Police Week of members of the law enforcement community who have given the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties as guardians of people.  This year, the Pima County Regional Law Enforcement Memorial will be held at the Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom on Friday, May 2nd commencing at 0900 hours.  The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Sarah R. Simmons, presiding Judge of Pima County Superior Court.  I ask that you all attend to pay tribute to your fallen brothers from Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies. 

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New Radio System

By now, each of us has had an opportunity to talk on our new state-of-the-art radio.  This project, which began in 2004, has finally come to a fruition.  The new system has 22 antenna sites and we are able to transmit and receive in places where we couldn’t communicate by radio previously. You can now communicate with the Ajo district from Tucson and vice versa.

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Pima County Graffiti App for Cellphone

The Pima County Taking Action Against Graffiti (TAAG) program has another tool to help control and prevent the spread of graffiti. There is a new "MyPimaCounty" phone application that lets iPhone or Android device users take pictures of graffiti and submit requests for cleanup. The app attaches a location to the image, by using GPS, and then instantly forwards it to abatement techs in the field.

You can download it directly on your phone from the Android Market for Android or the App Store for iPhone.

Donate-A-Life

Nationally, April 2014, is Donate-A-Life month.

The Sheriff's Department celebrates our own employees who have selflessly donated an organ in an effort to save the life of another. Without their acts of courage a second chance of life would not be possible.  

Our heroes:

Sergeant Terry Staten donated a kidney to Sergeant Scott Lowing's son, Zach Lowing. Deputy Alex Tisch donated a kidney to Deputy Mo Othic. Deputy Daniel Barajas donated a kidney to his uncle, Ruben Orosco.

Life is precious and should never be taken for granted.