"I take offense at it": Police officer on South Tucson's reputation
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For more than 15 years, Sgt. Sean Masters has been protecting people South Tucson.
He's one of about twenty police officers patrolling the mile and quarter area that makes up the city.
"It's a day to day for all the departments of the city fire, police, we all work very hard," he said.
Nine On Your Side took a ride along with Sgt. Masters for a few hours to find out what it takes to protect this area - prone to crime.
"No secret the last few years have been difficult with the economy," he told 9OYS.
He says crimes like domestic violence and larceny continue to be an issue across the city.
"It fluctuates, it's never gone away completely, it's pretty much a daily maintenance issue," he continued.
According to FBI reports - Crime in the City of South Tucson remains steady over the last three years - with assault and larceny being the biggest problems.
We asked Sgt. Masters whether its reputation of being crime-ridden is unfair?
"I take offense at it because I know the city government, police dept, and other departments -- we work very hard to provide safe environment," he said.
Hard work he believes is making a difference.
"The quality of life here in South Tucson is improving," he said.