The Tucson Crime Free encourages its membership to read and share the op-ed in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star written by County Attorney Conover, Mayor Romero, and Supervisor Grijalva in which, for the first time, they acknowledge and accept ownership of the single most pressing issue facing our community, the toll the fentanyl crisis is taking on our community. This acknowledgement and acceptance marks their first-step in battling this crisis.
TCFC has been working for a year with various government leaders and stakeholders, community groups and associations and non-profit organizations to accept and acknowledge the reality that we all see today: the fentanyl crisis is ravaging our community. We thank the County Attorney, Mayor, and Supervisor for this vital first step. They must take action and provide leadership by delivering solutions.
TCFC has been advocating multiple solutions for nearly a year and has met resistance at every turn. We are appreciative that the Mayor is now supportive of the Transition Center at the jail site, a solution championed by TCFC.
We now ask the Mayor and County Attorney to partner with Pima County and TCFC to deliver the following solutions:
- Replicate the “Say No Panhandling” signs promoted by TCFC and executed by the County within the City limits! This should be implemented without delay!
- Expand the use of the Transition Center and services at the jail-site!
- Implement TCFC’s Fentanyl Operations Command Center- a multi-jurisdictional emergency command center that serves as a coordinating body focused on fentanyl.
- Start enforcing the law by making arrests when needed and mandating drug treatment when appropriate.
- City of Tucson, give us our parks back so we can use them for their original intent.
- City of Tucson, fund your fair share of the transition center.
- City of Tucson, give back authority to TPD Officers to do their jobs and use the transition center when it opens.
- City of Tucson and County Attorney, stop implementing policies that promote the furtherance of crime and lawlessness!!
To our elected leadership, you have now accepted the challenge. Now it’s time to lead. The battle began long ago but we are brothers and sisters in arms and we welcome you with open arms. Join us in delivering solutions to restore law and order, restore our quality of life, and provide the economic security that allows our families and small businesses to flourish.
TCFC is now looking for concrete steps taken by the County Attorney and City of Tucson. We will be reporting on any new serious results by our new partners.