Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
There is virtually no law enforcement in Silverbell Estates. We used to see a patrol unit at least once a day and at least once at night, times varied. Now, except for the Citizens on Patrol, who volunteer, and they are very much appreciated by us, there is no show by PCSO.
Neighbors, individually and at block watch meetings, have been told not to call them “unless incident, person, etc., is on your own yard.” Yes! So if a crime is being committed down the way or an unknown is skulking around a (vacant or occupied) residence, do not call PCSO.
They will tell you they cannot respond as we are just too far out (18 miles southwest of Arizona City) and there are no deputies available. Arizona City needs them more than we do and, apparently, available deputies are now Border Patrol agents. Lt. Steve Henry suggested as much at the Arizona City Chamber of Commerce campaign for sheriff event. See the Dispatch June 29.
Sheriff Lamb stated at a supervisor’s meeting at the Arizona City Fire District hall that he was going to clean up Silverbell Estates and things would get better. Hmmm … seems as though situations have worsened.
Things that were hidden are out in the open now. We have problems out here: drug manufacturing, drug running, squatters, theft, burglary, trespassing, destruction of occupied and vacant properties, shootings, state trust land violations that PCSO is supposed to act on, illegal burnings. But if one calls for assistance from PCSO, be aware — possible charges and convictions of making false calls await.
Anyone wishing further information on our situation is welcome to call the writer at 520-483-1024.