Pima County sheriff Chris Nanos wants to reform law enforcement

TUCSON, AZ – Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos has a law enforcement reform plan in southern Arizona.

Nanos, who was reelected as sheriff in 2020 after being deposed by Republican challenger Mark Napier in 2016, released his blueprint on Tuesday.

Its four-step approach focuses on providing steps to show the community that law enforcement personnel are not above the law, including setting up incident teams and community boards at the community level to assess the use of force by law enforcement officers.

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“It is extremely important to me that all members of this department serve the public with professionalism, courtesy and respect,” Nanos said in a statement. “Police officers and MPs are NOT above the law and while this career is demanding and stressful and we risk our lives every day, we can do better.”

The four points that Nanos highlights are as follows:

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  1. Providing body cameras to all MPs and officials to ensure, as Nanos says, “transparency, accountability and protection for the public and my MPs”. Going on on the subject, Nanos says, “I believe this is the first step in easing much-needed police reform and I have no plans to stop there.”
  2. Creation of a regional critical incident investigation team to investigate deaths in custody and police shootings. “This way, member agencies in this region (Sahuarita, Oro Valley, Marana, South Tucson, Pima County or Tucson Airport Authority) can investigate a death in custody or shoot an officer who would otherwise be left to the agency involved.” Said Nanos in his statement.
  3. Establish a community board to assess departmental policies that affect PCSD MPs’ training and approach to discipline and accountability. “I intend to select members from the community who are representative of the people of Pima County and have a variety of experiences and backgrounds to ensure a balanced and thoughtful approach to these issues,” Nanos said in a statement.
  4. Reducing the population in Pima County’s prisons by connecting people with mental illnesses and addictions with the resources and treatment options they need. “The prison is for dangerous criminals, not people suffering from diseases,” Nanos said in a statement. “By working with our courts, prosecutors and defense lawyers to find prison alternatives for those held in our prisons for low-level nonviolent offenses, we not only create a safer community but also save taxpayers millions of dollars.”

Nanos said his four-step law enforcement reform plan could save the county millions of dollars while restoring confidence in the communities in southern Arizona.

“Police interact with the public in a variety of settings and the responses they receive from the community can range from positive to abusive,” Nanos said in a statement. “… I am committed to ensuring that our community has a positive and professional experience when it is in danger or in crises that require the services of sworn officials of this organization.

“I am dedicated to returning American police culture from ‘warriors’ to ‘guardians’ and restoring that profession to the rewarding and rewarding career it is meant to be.”

Sheriff Nanos’ approach to police reform https://t.co/sMins4HfhG pic.twitter.com/6HNspgBhe3
– Pima County Sheriff’s Department (@PimaSheriff) May 18, 2021

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