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2/3/2014 7:30:00 AM
Crunching the numbers
How many law officers are out there?
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Scott Orr
Special to the Tribune

With the demise of the red-light and speed cameras in Prescott Valley, here's a look at how police and the YCSO staff their traffic enforcement details.

Prescott: 71 total officers currently; eight more are going through the academy. The city's Traffic Safety Section is comprised of one sergeant and five officers. There also is one parking control officer.

"They almost exclusively work traffic, including enforcement and traffic crash investigations," Lt. Ken Morley said. "They do respond to criminal calls if they are the closest unit on an 'in-progress' call or if all the other officers are busy."

Prescott Valley: 64 total officers. The PVPD traffic unit consists of three officers, although one is currently on modified (light) duty, Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. The third officer was moved to the unit when the cameras were shut down; that officer was originally assigned to work with camera provider Redflex.

Bonney said there have been no new hires as a result of the camera shutdown, but in an interview with The Daily Courier, Police Chief Bryan Jarrell said that, if the town did not reinstate the cameras, he would want to ask for more officers.

Chino Valley: 22 officers; two positions currently are vacant. The town does not have a dedicated traffic unit, but 16 officers assigned to the patrol division "determine the proper course of action when they make traffic stops," Lt. Vince Schaan said, noting that, when special grant funding is used for traffic enforcement, the department may designate specific units to work that detail.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office: 138 sworn personnel. "Traffic enforcement is conducted by all deputies as time permits and as needed," spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

He said YCSO conducts special traffic details around the county and that "some of the targeted enforcement is generated by community complaints or results from traffic accidents statistic reviews."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: You've missed the point-- Again!!

These numbers are absolutely meaningless, Scott. They represent nothing but blocks on the org chart. The question should be how many officers are dedicated to traffic enforcement during peak traffic hours and at locations where accidents frequently occur ---on any given day?

Do the math. When one factors in days off, vacation time, mandatory court appearances absences due to illness and a whole lot of other bureaucratic fog, the reality is a long way from the org chart. So, instead of getting any meaningful information about this subject, we get nothing of real value.

A more interesting article might be how our local agencies set their priorities and develop deployment stratigies, and how they cope with limited resources.

Come on, Scott.

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