Word From the Sheriff

As the Sheriff’s Department continues to be a leader in training, this month has certainly been an example of all of the hard work and effort by the trainers in our agency.  Our many department instructors are busy with two academy classes.  The deputy sheriff academy is moving along nicely and the corrections academy recruits have just begun their intense instruction.

This year’s advanced officer training is focusing on driving proficiency. Thanks to our driving instructors, our commissioned personnel are skilled in the ability to safely navigate our county roadways.

As you will see in this issue, the Pima Regional Motor Academy which included students from the Sheriff’s Department is well underway and will complete their training by the end of the month. 

I am grateful for all of our staff who took the initiative to become instructors in order to use their skills to effectively educate others and continue our excellent reputation as a leader in progressive law enforcement training.

As the holiday season approaches, continue your efforts to stop impaired drivers.  Please take note of the new DUI Unit hours and utilize the DUI Unit assigned deputies when you need them.  Your extra effort helps to keep all of us safe!

Motor School

The Pima Regional Motor Academy consists of instructors from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Oro Valley and Marana. The most recent academy started on September 30, 2013. There are students from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Oro Valley, Marana. Sahuarita and the Pasqua-Yaqui Nation.

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New Plane

Recently, the Sheriff’s Department received approval to purchase a used Cessna T206.  This aircraft is designed to bring our fixed wing patrol platform in line with the department’s philosophy of moving towards a safer, more cost efficient Air Unit.

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Basic Communications Training Academy 13-3

Congratulations to our new Communications Dispatch Graduates! There were 9 graduates from the Basic Communications Training Academy 13-3. The academy was 9 weeks long. After graduation, they will move on to four phases of on-the-job training with a CCT (Communications Center Trainer).  

The trainees also have phase boards before moving onto the next phase.  After all phases are successfully completed, the trainee will be ready to work on their own.

We wish all of the graduates luck on the next phase of their career development!

New Housing and Law Library at the Jail

On September 25, 2013, Pima County Adult Detention Complex opened a new 44-bed housing unit for female pre-trial defendants, Pod 1-Lima.  Originally designed as a small housing unit in 1984, this area was most recently home to the PCADC inmate Law Library.  Unfortunately, the growing inmate populations at the PCADC started pushing at the seams.  This year the PCADC reached an all time high headcount of 2,238 inmates; with adult male headcounts rising at 6% and adult female headcounts rising a staggering 22%.   Although, this does not resolve all of our population challenges, this does buy us the necessary time to begin long-term planning for other housing options and continue our efforts in the community to reduce recidivism.

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