Word From the Sheriff

I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude and pride to the men and women of this organization who have achieved so much this year.  You clearly serve this community with great professionalism and honor.  This was clearly evident at the 28th Annual Sheriff’s Awards ceremony and banquet as over 70 employees were honored for their bravery, dedication, and service to the community.   

Today, the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers delivered gifts to needy families as part of their annual Adopt-A-Family program.  They and I are most thankful for the support you give to this worthwhile program.  Also, I want to extend my gratitude to US Bank as they donated many gifts to this cause.

There have been many achievements throughout the year and many goals left to pursue in the months ahead.  It is my hope that each of you has a safe and joyous holiday season.  Merry Christmas!

New DDS Software and Transcription Unit Move

After 25 years the Transcription Unit is about to get an upgrade with their software.  As you all know, reports are phoned in and then later transcribed by the unit into the Department's records management system.  The unit is still using the original system it started with over a quarter of a century ago.  By the end of January 2014, the new digital system will be brought on line.  Although deputies and detectives will not notice any significant service changes, the unit will acquire better performance, significant increase in the way assignments are prepared, and the ability to increase hands on training for new personnel.  This system will eventually lead to a voice recognition program which will significantly increase the transcribers ability to produce more reports, making the unit much more efficient.

In addition, due to the number of changes within the administrative building to accommodate growth and development, the DDS unit will be relocating to the Annex building across the parking lot.  This relocation will increase work stations allowing the unit to be more productive. The renovation is to be completed by the end of March 2014.  The new area will be complete with a training room and will be located next to the section's other two units; the Records Maintenance Unit and Vehicle Impounds.

New "Rage" Vehicle

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department recently received its new Aggressive Driving Enforcement Vehicle aka the "Rage Car".  The car is a Metallic Black 2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV or Police Pursuit Vehicle.   

The car is equipped with a 355-hp, 384 lb-ft 6.0 liter V-8.  The vehicles can achieve 60mph in just over 5 seconds.  It was fitted with code equipment and a Mobile Data Computer (MDC).

 It’s extremely exciting to have a new car in the Traffic Section and deputies from Motors, Traffic, and DUI will deploy the car 7 days a week to enhance our enforcement efforts.  The Caprice replaces our last Rage Car, a Dodge Charger which was dead-lined.

The RAGE car is used for deterring aggressive driving and overall traffic enforcement.  It helps the Traffic Section meet its goals of reducing collisions, promoting safe driving practices, and reducing impaired driving.