Word from the Sheriff

For Law Enforcement personnel, May is always a month of remembrance.  Our 7th Annual Regional Law Enforcement Memorial was planned as the first of many memorials commemorated during National Police Week.  Our extended family members of the fallen heroes were in attendance and this year, the family of Deputy Randy Graves presented the Sheriff’s Department memorial wreath.  My thanks to our personnel from Community Resources for the planning and set-up and to the Honor Guard and Rifle Detail who made the ceremony special by their well-rehearsed roles.

This week, it is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Lt. Jim Mellen, Sgt. Rodney Hamilton, Mr. Greg Roland and Ms. Diane Gonzales as they retire. I am happy to speak for all of us as we extend our congratulations to Lt. Joe Cameron, Sgt. Cris Gonzales, Sgt. Erin Gibson, Sgt. Dave Andrews, and C.O. Sgt. Tiffany Randall on their promotions.   

News from Chief Nanos

I want to give a big thank you to all of the deputies who participated in the 2014 Torch Run.  It was a beautiful morning to have a great run for a fantastic cause.  As usual, the PCSD leg of the run was huge!

I was honored to be asked to carry the torch and run with you. 

I want to echo the Sheriff’s sentiments on the Law Enforcement Memorial.  The participation of all of the Southern Arizona agencies was a sight to see.  The PCSD Rifle Detail and Honor Guard were selected to participate in the state memorial held in Phoenix.  Plan to attend next year by marking your calendar on the first Friday of May 2015 for the next ceremony. 

I am pleased to say that readership of the Field Release is up.  I was very surprised to find my badge number in the last issue.  I have been assured there were witnesses to the badge number drawing in the CR Office!   Good luck to the next winner!

"Lest We Forget the Price They Paid"

On May 2, 2014, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, several Southern Arizona agencies, and families joined together to honor our fallen heroes at the 7th Annual Pima Regional Law Enforcement Memorial. The master of ceremonies, Dr. Richard Carmona, and guest speaker Superior Court Judge Sarah Simmons, highlighted this year's event with speeches of remembrance.  

Then on May 5, 2014, the Sheriff's Department's Honor Guard and Rifle Detail, travelled to the Arizona State Memorial in Phoenix. The Rifle Detail was invited to "fire three volleys" in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


DRMO - Equipment

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has been a member of the LESO 1033 program (formerly known as DRMO - Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office) for a number of years.  This federal program provides law enforcement agencies with the opportunity to obtain unneeded or excess equipment from the Department of Defense.  This program donates approximately $500 million worth of equipment to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies annually.

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Suggestions? Comments?

If you have suggestions or comments for what you would like to see in the next Field Release, contact the Field Release Committee: pcsdpio@sheriff.pima.gov