Community 'policing' discussion today in Oro Valley - Tucson News Now

Community 'policing' discussion today in Oro Valley

ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, the Oro Valley Chief of Police is talking about a program he calls ‘incredibly valuable' to public safety.

When forced with making cuts the past few years, Oro Valley's Chief of Police Daniel Sharp has kept a priority on community policing. 

He says, "The police are the people and the people are the police."  And later today he will be talking to the public about a partnership with the posse at Sun City Vistoso, an adult community in Oro Valley. 

Chief Sharp says with volunteer groups like the posse patrolling, the crooks know if there's people out, they think twice before committing a crime. 

He says having extra eyes and ears in the community, is incredibly valuable. 

Chief Sharp will also be talking about school resource officers, the program that puts a uniformed cop in every public school in Oro Valley. 

The decades old program has received national attention in the weeks since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. 

This presentation about safety and awareness is open to anyone.  It is happening in the Sun City social hall and starts at 1 p.m.

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