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Disturbed neighbors meet with TPD about escalating crime – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-12-01 00:33:29 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —The murder in Tucson is already a record year, with one month left, but police are facing other challenges.

TPD police officers met with a related neighbor at Amphitheater on Tuesday night, worried that crimes in the surrounding area might be out of control.

The Fort Lowell / Oracle Corridor, located in District 3 of the city, is the main focus of police.

Captain Christopher Denison tells his neighbors that he is aware of some issues in the region, such as homelessness, garbage, prostitution and drug trafficking, especially the stimulants and dangerous blue pills known as “Mexico Oxy”. bottom.

Denison states that his first step is to “put” police officers into a geographically small “hotspot” area, and their presence alone can temporarily reduce crime.

“There are officers who move around these areas hundreds of times a week,” he said. “It’s not a sustainable plan.”

As a longer-term approach, Denison says he has members of a highly trained Community Response Team (CRT) in the region to proactively address crime trends.

“I also put them in the area every night when I’m not looking for murder or violence suspects. They’re in the area,” Denison said. “And they are doing a sting operation.”

The problem is that CRT teams are busy tracking out violent suspects in the city and often leave them unchecked for issues such as drug trafficking.

TPD has very few staff, and according to Denison, there are about 750 floating officers in this department, about half the ideal number.

“We are so tight on our bodies that we have our personnel in the most important places,” he said.

In addition to aggressive recruitment plans, Denison says he is pushing to hire more community service officers next year.

“They are unused. They want a lot of service work for us. Many accidents, robbery and many of those reports,” Denison explained. “And they release my cops and go out and do a lot of aggressive work.”

Neighbors say there is garbage and homeless camps in the alleys and more aggressive work is needed. Some people who are homeless have become militant or violent with drugs and alcohol that cycle through the area.

“I break in every night,” said the owner of an apartment.

Other business owners say they feel unsafe at night and cannot respond to police for frequent robbery and turmoil.

Ward 3 Chief of Staff Sarah Launius spoke at a meeting to discuss a city team that would outreach the homeless with the goal of getting further off the streets.

She determines who needs action from law enforcement and who simply needs to be provided with resources and housing by identifying issues where communication with ward offices and city council members is important. It says it helps to do.

Both TPD and city officials are preaching patience to make significant progress. TPD aims to increase staff, and Launius estimates that the city will need to add 3,000 permanent homes over the next decade.

Another face-to-face meeting is tentatively scheduled for January.

Starting next week, Kevin Dahl, the latest member of the city council, officially representing District 3, attended the meeting on Tuesday and spoke with his members.

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