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As students in middle and high school, we learned about our federal government in civics classes. We became well-versed in the Constitution, the three branches of government, the importance of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights.
On Jan. 18, at approximately 2:40 a.m. Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to the Walgreens at Lambert and La Canada in reference to a burglary alarm. Officers arrived on scene within a few minutes and observed a male leaving the business and running towards the rear of the business. After a short foot pursuit he was taken into custody. Officers found the front door glass smashed in and several packs of cigarettes and alcohol on the ground of the Walgreens.
Local police departments say despite rising tensions following the nationally spotlighted cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown – two black males killed during altercations with police – they have not employed any new training programs to deal with a potential increase of violence and racial tensions.
A woman who tried to hire an undercover officer to kill a relative in 2013 has accepted a plea agreement, according to a media release from the Oro Valley Police Department.
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In the wake of much-debated cases like that of Michael Brown, the Ferguson teenager who was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson following an altercation, the subject of body cameras has become a common talking point – President Barack Obama going so far as to request $263 million from Congress to equip officers across the nation with them.
Oro Valley Police Department Officer Jeff Thomas demonstrates a traffic stop while using a body camera.
During a demonstrated traffic stop, Oro Valley Police Department Officer Jeff Thomas utilizes one of the department’s 12 body cameras.
Topic: Declining teen drug use (printed in The Explorer on Nov. 26.)
In the end the Marana Town Council voted 6-1 to move forward with the implementation of a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction of a new police station, but it wasn’t without a lot of debate, verbal jousting and some tense moments.
Fiscal hawks on the Oro Valley Town Council gave another presentation about the police department’s spending, but without visual aids to show the audience.
A new study by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) shows that overall, high school students in Pima County are using fewer drugs than they were in 2012, the last year data was collected.
The Oro Valley Police Department would like to provide the public with some safety tips for the upcoming holidays.
Oro Valley, Arizona (November 19, 2014)-On November 14, 2014, Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) patrol officers responded to an Oro Valley home in reference to a burglary. The victim reported over $20,000 worth of items stolen. OVPD patrol conducted a canvass of the area and were able to identify two suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the burglary.
A little over a year ago, I wrote an article for The Explorer entitled: “In OV, we’re proud of our young people, and we want them to know it.” The inspiration behind that piece was my ongoing commitment to the youth in our community, and the responsibilities we have to ensure they are engaged and recognized.
Oro Valley Police Department Officer Shawn Benjamin shows an emptied bottle of oxycodone pills at a Prescription Drop Off Event in 2010 where unused and unwanted prescription medicine can be handed over to be properly disposed of.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has granted the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) $30,000 in overtime funding to support driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement.
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An Oro Valley Police Department officer checks a driver for signs of imparement on Oracle Road during a sobriety checkpoint in 2011.
Officers from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the Oro Valley Police Department and their respective volunteers file vehicles through the northbound lanes of Oracle Road during a sobriety checkpoint in 2011.
It was announced last week that Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 J. Stannard Baker Award.