Sent on 9/13/2017 4:50:53 PM
The Pima County Sheriff's Department has recently implemented a decentralized approach to traffic and DUI enforcement in the metropolitan Tucson area. Each of the three major patrol districts now has an assigned traffic enforcement sergeant, three motorcycle enforcement deputies, and two DUI units. The Department formerly relied on centralized units of five motorcycle deputies and three DUI units assigned to the main headquarters. Under this model, these deputies selected areas to work enforcement in Pima County. The decentralized approach will increase each district commander's ability to address specific problems in their assigned areas. The district level traffic enforcement scheme builds upon the community oriented policing approach which is embodied in the efforts of the Department’s successful Directed Patrol model. The Department’s Directed Patrol units are assigned to each district. A sergeant heads a team of deputies who quickly address crime trends in the area, providing an investigative element to each district commander’s “toolbox.” These Directed Patrol units provide an agile, adaptable response to a variety of quality of life issues in the communities comprising Pima County. The decentralization of traffic enforcement efforts will enhance the department’s efforts to address crime and traffic violations in each district. The assignment of traffic enforcement units to patrol districts will focus on neighborhood speeding complaints, school zone safety, as well as provide an additional deterrent to impaired driving. This new approach also allows district commanders to share resources to further address immediate or substantial problems while the department still relies on a centralized approach to large scale DUI task force operations, bringing to bear this larger contingent of deputies specially trained to detect impaired drivers. For additional information on this program, please contact Chief Karl Woolridge at (520) 351-6204.