Sheriff Announces New Chief Deputy - Christopher Nanos

A position empty for 12 years, Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik is proud to have promoted Christopher G. Nanos to Chief Deputy on Jan. 19, 2014.

Filling the Chief Deputy vacancy will ensure continuity and stability in the organization as we go through this period of leadership transition.

As the Chief Deputy, Nanos will be responsible for the overall management of the Department, reporting directly to the Sheriff. This promotion marks the first time since 2002 the position of Chief Deputy has been filled.

Chief Deputy Nanos has served in each of the Department’s four bureaus as he rose through the ranks. He brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience to his new role, with a strong emphasis in criminal investigations, particularly in violent crimes and narcotics. He will be second in command of more than 1,500 employees. 

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Communications Training Program

The Communications Section is currently in the process of aggressively re-constructing and implementing the new-and-improved Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch Training Program (basic training for new dispatchers).  

The first stage of the program is called the Basic Communications Training Academy.  Taught at the Pima Emergency Communications Operations Center (P.E.C.O.C.), the academy consists of a standardized curriculum, taught in a formal setting, and includes classroom instruction, practical exercises, observation time in the Communications Center, as well as periodic quizzes and exams.  The Basic Communications Training Academy is specifically designed to prepare trainees for the demands that they will face during the second stage of their basic training.    

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NCCHC - Jail Audit

On October 16th and 17th, 2013, the Pima County Adult Detention Complex hosted three auditors from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). The NCCHC has offered a voluntary health services accreditation program since the 1970s. Based on the NCCHC Standards, the process uses external peer review to determine whether correctional institutions meet these standards in their provision of health services. NCCHC renders a professional judgment and assists in the improvement of services provided.

During the audit at the PCADC, two of the three auditors spent a large portion of their time in the medical areas, concentrating on the administration of inmate healthcare. The areas were scrutinized for cleanliness and favorable housing conditions for inmates who have mental health or health issues. The auditors spoke to both the inmates and the staff. The third auditor spent a majority of her time touring the rest of the facility, including Administrative Segregation Units, the Mission Facility, Remanded Juvenile Unit, ID, kitchen, and general population for males and females.

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