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PCSD announces 11 members of new Civilian Advisory Review Board

The 11 members of the new Civilian Advisory Review Board of the Pima County Sheriff's Department were named Tuesday. The group will provide input on criminal justice reform, public relations and deputy training.... Read more»

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Sudanese teenager shot & killed after he stabbed Pima deputy's face, spine with scissors

A 17-year-old Sudanese boy was shot and killed after he attacked a Pima County deputy with scissors, seriously injuring him during an altercation Saturday evening. Before the incident, the boy called 911, telling officials "I want to kill all you... I have scissors." ... Read more»

Conover reverses, will resume drug charges after Pima jail numbers stay high

Saying that her policy to reduce crowding and decrease COVID-19 risks at the jail was "undermined," Pima County Attorney Laura Conover will resume filing charges in minor drug cases, in order to direct people to treatment via court.... Read more»

New regional team to investigate police shootings, in-custody deaths in Tucson, Pima County

Police shootings, deaths of people in custody and other "critical incidents" involving local law enforcement officers will be investigated by a new multi-agency team, Tucson and Pima County officials announced.... Read more»

Dozens protest at Pima County Jail over deaths of inmates

More than 80 people protested outside the Pima County Jail on Friday night, demanding answers from the Sheriff's Department after two people died in the jail this year. This comes after a spate of deaths at the jail, when someone died nearly every month.... Read more»

56 Pima County staffers lose jobs for refusing to follow COVID shot mandate

Pima County has fired 56 staffers who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — with just 16 regular full-time employees losing their jobs out of the 2,000 staffers covered by a policy requiring shots for those working with vulnerable people.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Resistance to Pima County's COVID shot policy melts, because mandates work

Imagine if Pima County (or the whole country) were vaccinated at 97.6 percent — the final vaccination rate of 2,100 county workers covered by a vaccine mandate. We are stuck imagining it, no matter the clear evidence that mandates work.... Read more»

51 Pima County workers face firing for not complying with COVID vax policy

Pima County will soon terminate 51 employees who have refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — hundreds fewer than an earlier count of those who were not complying with a mandate. During a contentious meeting, Supervisors Christy and Heinz butted heads over COVID data, with Heinz, a doctor, declaring that "unvaccinated members of this community are actually killing people."... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes to meet with unvaxed staff facing firing; Oro Valley mulls lighter parking rules

The Pima County Supervisors will hold their last meeting before unvaccinated employees are set to be fired. A citizen-inspired agenda item in Oro Valley hits the sweet spot of fewer regulations and more environmental protections.... Read more»1

100+ Pima County gov't workers could be fired for not getting COVID shots by Dec. 31

Up to 200 Pima County employees could be terminated because they have refused to get their vaccinations against COVID-19, flouting a policy for those who work with vulnerable people. But 87% have complied, and more could turn in evidence they've gotten their shots.... Read more»

Pima County Attorney to stop prosecuting simple drug cases, citing COVID

With COVID-19 cases again spiking, Pima County Attorney Laura Conover announced Tuesday that she'll no longer be prosecuting many drug cases, to avoid potential exposures in the county jail. Cases that involve other felonies will still be brought, she said.... Read more»

Pima County sheriff's deputy dies from gunshot wound

A Pima County sheriff's deputy, found shot in the head earlier this week, has died from his wounds, authorities said. Sheriff Chris Nanos announced the deputy's death in a short statement released Saturday, adding there is "no active threat" to the community.... Read more»

Pima sheriff's deputy in critical condition after being found with gunshot wound on South Side

A Pima County sheriff's deputy remains in critical condition after being found with a wound to the head Thursday near a church on Tucson's South Side. Sheriff Chris Nanos said there was no "threat to the community" and there were no suspects in the incident. ... Read more»

Pima County Sheriff's deputies to get body-worn cameras

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies will be equipped with body-worn cameras after the county Board of Supervisors approved a 10-year contract worth $26.5 million for the devices, along with a program to buy new Tasers. ... Read more»

Ex-Sheriff Napier returning to Pima County government, hired by Huckelberry

Mark Napier, the former sheriff of Pima County who lost a re-election bid last year, is returning to government work here with a top post overseeing emergency communications, elections and other departments.... Read more»1

Chief Magnus - Biden pick to lead Customs and Border Protection - is no stranger to border conflict

If Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, makes it to nomination hearings in the Senate, the law enforcement reformer will likely face an angry gauntlet of questioning from Republican senators.... Read more»

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