TCFC & Pima County, "Say No To Panhandling" Signs on a median near you; Exciting News: Transition Center opening June 6th; TCFC Monitoring New Policy Implemented by Sheriff Nanos; Election Info from TCFC

TCFC & Pima County,

TCFC & Pima County Put up "Say No To Panhandling" signs!!!

The signs are going up!  Some are already at a median near you!  This is a simple education tool for the public to understand that giving money just makes the problem worse.  That dollar you give to a pan hander can potentially buy 2 Fentanyl pills!  Some users tell us they use 10-15 pills a day!

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The Transition Center, TCFC and Pima County have been working on is opening, officially, June 6th! 

We have confirmation from Pima County that the Transition Center next to Pre-Trial Services, on Silverlake Road, next to the Pima County Jail will open on June 6th.  This is the facility that will provide wrap-around services to those after arrest as well at those being released from Jail.  We will be providing you additional information about how this facility will work. TCFC and Pima County have been working on a comprehensive plan to make sure that services are provided to those in-need, targeting repeat offenders and having a goal of preventing repeat offenses.  This is one of the first real solutions that can address the causes of crime and addressing the cycle of addiction and mental health crisis.  TCFC still has no indication that Mayor Regina Romero and City Council members want to do anything new other than continue to pursue their failing policies, but we always have hope.

New Policy from Sheriff Nanos reportedly is releasing those that should be jailed

Approximately 1.5 weeks ago, Sheriff Nanos released a new policy where if an arrestee indicates they ingested Fentanyl within the last two hours of arrest, the Jail Medical Staff will refuse them.  The effect of this is officers will likely let them go with a paper arrest.  TCFC received confirmation this week of the first occurrence of this happening and this person committed an offence that was very serious and would have been put in jail.  Word is going to get out quickly to criminals that this is a "Get out of Jail Free Card," if it hasn't already.

While medical rejection is not necessarily new for some cases, the specific policy related to Fentanyl is new, and will have the effect of criminals also including drug addicts and dealers left on the street to continue their destruction and cause more crime when they normally would be in jail.  Below is the exact text of the new directive that has been sent to officers

From Sheriff Nanos: 
"PCSO Booking staff has advised our officers of a new policy.  If your 10-15 makes a claim to the jail booking or medical staff that they have ingested fentanyl within the last two hours, they will be medically rejected and have to be medically cleared at a hospital.  Also, if they were given narcan within the last two hours the jail will reject them.  St. Mary's will not medically clear until 6 hours after narcan use."

An officer has to sit with the criminal for 6 hours taking that resource away from protecting us.  We need solutions from our elected leaders to stop telling us "we don't have enough resources" and fix this. We elected you to find solutions. TCFC will continue to monitor this new development.

Election Information

Prop 412 is on the all Mail-In ballot for City of Tucson election on May 16, 2023.  This is the special election to approve a franchise agreement for TEP.  Here are several links to read about Prop 412 from the AZ Daily Star:

It is unfortunate that Mayor Romero and the City Council do not view fentanyl and crime reduction with the same urgency that they view Proposition 412. TCFC believes a safer community for all must be our top priority.



Click Here: Oro Valley Opinion: Prop 412 is a tragic mistake

Click Here: We Can Do Better Than Prop 412

Click Here: Letter Prop 412

Click Here: Letter on Prop 412

Click Here: Opinion Prop 412 Does Nothing for Climate Change

Click Here: Letter: Beware Prop 412 is premature Vote No!

Click Here: Letter: Vote NO Prop 412: TEP & City Franchise Agreement

Click Here: Tucson Opinion: Vote "no" on Prop 412 and re-start climate talks




  • Anonymous

    Read the FAQ in this link . it goes back to what I say audit . audit the city. what have they already done with the proposed franchise fees they’ve been getting ? read the faq’s in this link and you will get an eye opener about what they’re planning with this proposition and who gets to oversee it ? the City of Tucson and tep.

  • Anonymous

    It is long past the time to REFOCUS. What I mean is we complain about the Sheriff and his new policy. We complain about the city,etc. We suggest we should hire staff to detox these people.
    The city gets some money and buys 180,000 worth of narcan to “save lives”. We need to refocus. Shouldn’t we be focusing on the non-drug members of our community. In the case of narcan, rather than looking at it as a way to “save” a drug user, why not look at it as a way to save an innocent community member,maybe a little leaguer who used the public restroom after the druggie was in there.. Let us put that narcan in locations frequented by the public who might inadvertantly be exposed to fentanyl residue left behind by a drug user? Let’s protect innocent community members.
    Refocus at the jail: public safety is paramount; enforcement of the drug laws is paramount. What really happens here? Some druggie VOLUNTARILY injests a substance to get high. He knows it might be bad stuff, too strong, etc. But he VOLUNTARILY injests it. He gambles, plays the odds. Well. Ok. Most people in this community don’t gamble in this way. Who deserves to have the money spent on them? Who deserves protection? IF the druggie injests, overdoses, gets some bad stuff, well, whose fault is that? The law might require he get booked. Well, it’s just too bad he might have withdrawal in the jails. Whose fault is that? Do we not enforce the laws because someone decide to use, injest, roll his dice? No. Let him face the consequences.
    One day soon we are going to run out of money. How many ambulances run around all day picking up druggies and gang bangers injured gangbanging. We need to get to the point where the ambulance pulls up, sees the guy is a user, or is injured in a gang fight, and then drive away and tend to that little old lady or man who is having heart palpitations.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to read about the prop but all the articles cost money, we shouldn’t have to pay money to be informed voters.

  • Nate Foster

    TPD doesn’t have the resources to watch someone at the hospital for 6 hours waiting for them to be cleared to go to the jail. You can thank the Mayor, Council, and TPOA as they did nothing while the staffing at TPD dwindled from nearly 1200 Officers down to the 700-800 Officers. This policy change at the jail is meant to discourage booking people into the jail and that’s it. They used Covid as an excuse prior to this. If the County was serious about this issue they would have a policy in place and medical staff capable of detoxing people from Fentanyl when they are booked into the jail. Nanos is playing games and no progress is being made to address the core issues. It’s time to fire all of these failures at the ballot box when they are up for re election.

  • Anonymous

    Report the animal abuse of the panhandlers using dogs to gain sympathy but not giving them shade and water:
    ‘Apr 12, 2023 Report instances of animal neglect or cruelty by calling Pima Animal Care at ‪(520) 724-5900, ext. 4‬. Sources: Full Pima County Code Manual | Pima County, Arizona Animal Ordinances | Pima County Animal Care | ‪‬ Animal Noise Complaints | Animal Protection Services | ‪’‬

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