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Graham: MCSO does not seem to be responsive to Sun City

Posted 7/12/21

My wife and I attended the last Sun City Home Owners Association Roads and Safety Committee meeting in hopes of prodding the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office into some kind of action on the speeding problem that has become so serious on West Peoria and on other through streets in Sun City, such as 103rd and 107th avenues south of Grand Avenue.

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Graham: MCSO does not seem to be responsive to Sun City

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My wife and I attended the last Sun City Home Owners Association Roads and Safety Committee meeting in hopes of prodding the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office into some kind of action on the speeding problem that has become so serious on West Peoria and on other through streets in Sun City, such as 103rd and 107th avenues south of Grand Avenue.

I’m especially concerned about these streets because residences open directly onto the roadway. I wrote a detailed letter to MCSO outlining the problem and I received no reply whatsoever in any form from them. I didn’t get a note saying “Thank you for your letter. We share your concerns…” I didn’t get a telephone call. I didn’t get an email. I didn’t get a text. Nothing!

Add to that the fact that MCSO didn’t even bother to show up at the SCHOA committee meeting, and it is a clear demonstration to me that they have little interest in helping our Sun City community. Never in all my years in law enforcement (and they go back to 1970) has it been more difficult to be a law enforcement officer than now. I’m sure they will tell me, as they have in the past, that they have personnel problems. I appreciate that, and I know how personnel shortages can impact the job. But it must never be an excuse not to do the job at all.

I know what they will tell me, and I in turn will tell them, “I hear what you say, and I see what you do. The two do not reconcile.” But we’re stuck. We have no alternative. MCSO is all we have.

So I’ll continue to plead our case frequently and in many forums in hopes that something will eventually trigger some kind of positive response. My experience tells me the only solution to the problem is consistent, vigorous and fair enforcement.

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