As County Attorney, I have been dedicated to protecting our community and administering justice to all within our County. I have been devoted to stomping out violent criminal offenders and the illegal smuggling cartels that are using our gateway county to commit crimes and harm those within our county. I have and continue to pledge to support our law enforcement agencies to enforce the laws, demanding prison time for violent and repeat offenders, while supporting victim’s rights. As Pinal County’s chief advocate for both criminal and civil matters, I have partnered with other law enforcement agencies and local governments to ensure justice.
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