More than a thousand break-in calls have been delayed, according to the Tucson Police Union

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – In response to the Tucson Police Department’s personnel depot, the police union is clearing call response times.

On Sunday, the Tucson Police Officer’s Association released “alarming statistics” showing Tucsonans wait up to 23 hours for an officer to respond to a break-in.

The union goes on to say that there were 1,012 break-ins last year with delayed response times. According to TPD data, 2,104 burglaries were reported in 2020, compared to 354 in 2021.

“724 of these calls have been waiting for more than 4 hours, 146 for more than 8 hours and 142 for more than 12 hours,” TPOA said on the Facebook post.

A spokesman for the Tucson Police Officer’s Association tells KGUN 9 that the statistics are disappointing and that staff shortages hit the department everywhere.

“It really delays our response to the community, which means we lose the dispersion of evidence and lose time when the suspect is further away or in front of us. And if our standards go down, we will see cuts in our proactive prevention strategies, ”said a TPOA spokesman.

A spokesman for TPOA said the department had 760 officers ready to take to the streets. As KGUN reported, TPD needs 1,000 to function properly.

However, for extreme emergencies such as an ongoing crime, the union assures the community – officials will continue to act quickly.

But what is the solution to all of this? The union has told KGUN 9 in the past that more funds are available.

A spokesman says investing in public safety is more than just adding extra cash in officials’ pockets.

“The staff themselves influence our morals, and then that’s everything. It’s the equipment. There is a general feeling that we are not investing in public safety the way we should, and that and that lowers morale across the board, “said a TPOA spokesman.

9 on your side has reached Mayor Regina Romero and all council members. So far we have heard from Councilor Steve Kozachik who said TPOA was correct.

TPOA is right. We have a staff shortage within the agency. So practically every other police station in the nation. It is terribly difficult to find a job and the fact that our pay scale is below the regional market doesn’t help. I am confident that this mayor and councilor will address wage inequality to support our police officers.
Equally important is that we continue the work we have already started and hire people with skills in the various areas of behavioral health so that we can redirect service requests that are better suited to meeting these types of needs than sending a police officer. If we deal with both payment and support services, we are in a much better position to address the wear and tear they indicate.

The Tucson Police Officer’s Association announced in a Facebook post that it will also post response times to car theft, domestic violence and sexual assault.

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