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

    Sliverlake? Another poorly written diatribe lacking editorial direction and fact-checking. The words signs and median should not be capitalized. “Some users” tell you? More unsubstantiated disinformation.

  • Ann

    What about the poor animals with the homeless? I see a bearded man, older with long hair standing in the intersection of Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Road with a large St. Bernard-type dog. Poor dog look so HOT in the blazing sun! No water nearby! I don’t care so much about the gentleman (although I wish him well), but the dog is NOT choosing to do this! How do we help the animals? Please advise. P.S. This same gentleman has been out there for a couple of years on and off. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Reference this new policy:
    Comments: Just asking about fentanyl-why? Is it ok if they consumed a “hot shot”, coke, heroin, ketamine, bath salts or some other combination of drugs?
    Is it important to ask when it was injested? How much? What was its’ quality? How immune is the user to its’ effects? Was it cut with something else? Most importantly-is the arrestee credible? How do you know he’s being truthful? Maybe he just wants to go to a clean hospital bed and be treated by staff? Maybe he does not want to go to jail?
    I would want to ask him where he has been, what public facilities he has been in? Has he been shedding fentanyl onto public areas where some poor kid can come in contact with it? I would want to know who else has it and where they have been?
    Why not ask who he bought it from, or got it from, and then send the deputy out to arrest that person? If you are worried about some type of liability for letting them into the jail where they might die? Find out who supplied it and pursue them?
    If the arrestee has been Mirandized, and invoked his rights, how can you ask him anything? If he is not arrested originally for a drug offense, are you going to charge him with use, possession, now? Or are you giving him some type of immunity? Or are you going to continue to spread the word that it is ok for you to use, we, the SO, will not arrest you?
    Perhaps it’s just another incentive for the deputy to not make an arrest for fentanyl use or possession? 6+ hours, I believe, is more than for a good DWI arrest.

  • Anonymous

    Pima County Charities

  • Anonymous

    Question? So if somebody states that they’ve taken fentanyl or Narcan and their medically refused does that mean they’re immediately sent to St Mary’s Hospital for 6 hours? And then they’re booked in?

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