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Tucson Police officers hit the streets, get to know neighbors

Part of community policing efforts
Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 20:05:24-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Police officers on the south side are hitting the streets -- focused on improving the community -- one neighborhood at a time.

It's all in an effort to learn what issues are plaguing certain areas, and how best to address them.

At least once a month, TPD officers and Community Service Officers go door to door and talk to neighbors about what's going on.

This week, officers hit Barrio Santa Rita Park - West Ochoa neighborhood.

Sgt. William Corrales says it's all about putting a face to the police department, and being able to have a conversation.

Corrales says the department has gotten tips about some problems in the area, like homelessness in Santa Rita Park and illegal drug use.

Community outreach efforts help TPD follow up on those leads and utilize resources as best as possible, according to Sgt. Corrales.

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The program also gets members of the Barrio Santa Rita Park - West Ochoa Neighborhood Association involved.

Ernie Lujan, the president, says he's seen the area change a lot over the years, and the police presence brings back a sense of order.

"It's great because that's part of community policing," Lujan said. "And I feel, a more effective way of bringing calm and order to the neighborhood."

TPD's Southside Patrol Division has also used the program in Midvale Park, Los Vistas, and Mortimore neighborhoods.