Casa Grande tied for most in county By TANNER CLINCH Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016 8:27 am
FLORENCE — This may come as a surprise to some based on social media comments, but Pinal County has the lowest number of sex offenders per capita compared with other counties in Arizona, data show. The county has a rate of 3.87 per 10,000 residents of Level 2 (moderate risk) and Level 3 (high risk) sex offenders, according to homefacts.com, which tracks data on sex offenders nationwide. By comparison, other rural counties have much higher rates, such as Coconino County with 6.18 per 10,000 residents. Other rural counties are much worse. Graham County has a rate of 12.66 offenders per 10,000 residents, Gila sits at 10.49, and Mohave at 10.38. Despite the larger populations of Maricopa and Pima Counties, they still have rates higher than Pinal County at 6.87 and 8.50 per 10,000, respectively. read more...
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Let me express my appreciation to our Pinal County law enforcement officers for their continued hard work to keep our Pinal families safe. Through our joint development of new protocols for crime investigations, we now recognize and prevent more crimes than ever before. Our method of targeting the right criminals continues to bring down our overall crime rate throughout Pinal County.
Since taking office, I implemented trainings for officers on recognizing the signs of specific crimes, such as strangulation and human trafficking. Similarly, I set protocols to recognize domestic violence and sex offenses. The specialized trainings and enhanced protocols allow us to better discover crimes.
Our strategies work because we team up with law enforcement. For example, prior to my administration, PCAO merely saw one in 13 children alleging sexual or physical abuse. This new teamwork and these new standards now allow my office to see essentially every case. Further, if defendants face mandatory prison, our office insists on prison and refuses to merely play “catch and release.” Oddly, placing the most violent criminals in prison decreases our crime rate and eventually decreases the number of people in our prisons. Also, this strategy keeps the cost of prosecution down, decreases the cost to compensate victims and comes at a lower cost to the taxpayer.
Again, thank you to our law enforcement agencies, including Sheriff Paul Babeu and his department, for continuing this team fight. This fight proves meaningless without the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement partners.
Pinal County Attorney