A Word from the Sheriff

As we make our annual transition from the mild weather of spring to the heat-filled days of summer. The Department has witnessed a significant change in its leadership as we say goodbye to retiring members and promote their successors. Many thanks and congratulations are owed to our two retiring Bureau Chiefs—Warren Alter and Rick Kastigar. These men dedicated a combined 75 years to this organization. We wish them well in their future endeavors and I am sure our paths will cross again. With their departure we welcome three new Chiefs, four Captains, three Lieutenants, and four Sergeants to the commissioned side of the house. Congratulations are in order for each of these promotees. I am confident they will provide the necessary leadership for our future.

These changes are just a glimpse at what is coming for our agency. An unprecedented number of supervisors and managers are scheduled to retire in the next five years. While this means a number of good people will be leaving us, our succession plan has included the development of many well-qualified members who will successfully fill these roles. These changes are also exciting in terms of the large number of future promotional opportunities.

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New PIOs

At the end of May, the Sheriff’s Department said good-bye to PIO Deputy Tom Peine.  Deputy Peine has been a valuable asset to the Department during his time here as his vision and dedication to the job was an inspiration to many.

In the past few years, due to the rapid pace of social media and the news, the job duties of the PIO position have increased two-fold.  In order to provide a timely response to media requests, two deputies will share the task of fulfilling the PIO responsibilities.  Deputy Jesus Banuelos and Deputy Tracy Suitt have accepted the challenge that this position brings.

The PIO will continue to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.  To make sure you always get the on-call PIO, use the PIO hotline (520)237-3740 or email pcsdpio@sheriff.pima.gov.

6th Annual Pima County Law Enforcement Regional Memorial

On May 3, 2013, the Sheriff's Department once again gathered with other local law enforcement agencies to remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty.  Each year this somber occasion allows an opportunity for members of the law enforcement community to come together and spend time honoring these heroes.  This year, the United States Border Patrol added a new name to the list of fallen officers, Agent Nicholas Ivie, who was killed in October 2012.

Active Shooter Training for Civilians

The Sheriff’s Department has created and implemented a new “Active Shooter Training” for civilians.  There are two different courses that are offered: one for schools and one for all other civilian entities.   This training was created in response to huge demand from the public following the school shooting in Newtown, CT.  After putting together the presentation, the Sheriff’s Department hosted a Train the Trainer course where all local agencies were invited to participate.  

The philosophy on how to best handle active shooter situations has changed over the years.  The default response has always been to initiate some type of a lockdown.  This new program emphasizes the need to think and react to what is actually happening and then pick the best course of action.  There are several different response options: run, hide or intervene. 

If you receive inquiries about training in regards to active shooter situations, you can direct them to call the Community Resources Unit at (520) 351-4615.

Changes in the K-9 Unit

The Canine Unit is changing personnel both human and canine.  Sergeant Paul Hill has replaced recently promoted Lieutenant Stephen Carpenter.  New handlers, Deputy Paul Petropoulos and Deputy Randy Nice, are taking the place of Deputy Mike Moseley and the vacated deputy spot left by Sgt. Hill.  Additionally, two dogs, “Randy” (Sgt. Hill) and “Bodhi” (Dep. Moseley) are retiring.  Both dogs have given many years of dedicated service to the Department and will be enjoying retirement relaxing at home.

On June 18, 2013, the Canine Unit, supported by the Air Unit, traveled to Broussard, Louisiana to purchase two new police service dogs.  Sgt. Paul Hill, Deputies Jake Nixon, and Erick Maldonado made the trip to test and select the new police service dogs.  Once in Louisiana, Deputies Nixon and Maldonado spent two days evaluating six dogs in several rigorous tests. The evaluation process is one of the most thorough in the law enforcement community and includes tests for obedience, hunt drive, and fight drive.  At the conclusion of the testing, “Kaya” and “Joran” were selected and brought to Tucson.

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