Sent on 8/25/2017 2:36:52 PM
Today, Pima County Sheriff Mark D. Napier had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at the monthly 4Tucson Government Breakfast Fellowship. Sheriff Napier was able to engage with the members and leadership of the organization, which focuses on improving the prosperity of our community. Some of the topics covered by the Sheriff were: • The status of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) upon his swearing-in on January 1st, and how the department has worked to become fiscally responsible since then. • The reorganization of PCSD to take a more localized approach to enforcement and engagement with the community. This includes placing specialized units at the district level to immediately address issues affecting each individual area of Pima County. • The importance of having strong partnerships with local law enforcement, as well as the fifteen sheriffs of Arizona becoming a cohesive group to tackle issues facing our state. • The Sheriff also touched on how the four border sheriffs have come together and worked to bring local issues to the forefront with our Congressional representatives, such as Representative Martha McSally and Senator Jeff Flake. Specifically, he spoke at length about how the unsecured nature of our southern border poses a national security threat as well as a human rights issue. At the conclusion of the talk, Sheriff Napier took questions from those in attendance. In doing so, the Sheriff was able to address concerns over the costs to taxpayers of running and maintaining the Pima County Adult Detention Complex. He spoke about how he is working with community partners to provide more fiscally responsible methods to minimize the costs incurred from housing non-violent offenders, the mentally ill, and those with drug addiction.