Members of the South Mountain Precinct met with Ahwatukee Foothills residents on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and spoke about a range of topics including property crimes, the recent history and controversy surrounding the precinct, and a new pilot program that will put video cameras on local police officers.
Lt. Sean Connolly spoke of the pilot program as a possible alternative to putting cameras in police vehicles, which would cost $4 million. The goal would be to facilitate the process of justice.
"We are looking at the options right now," he said. "If it's an officer's word against a subject's word, it's more difficult than just being able to go back to the tape and see what exactly happened."
Connolly touched on recent events that have put the local precinct into the spotlight. He talked about booking a nine-year veteran, Officer Richard Chrisman, for shooting a man in south Phoenix in October. He also mentioned the allegations of misconduct regarding officers and off-duty security work, which received significant media attention in November.
"We are in a bit of a healing process," Connolly said. "A lot has happened (in our precinct) in the last nine months."
About 25 people gathered on Tuesday at the Pecos Community Center for the quarterly ‘Tukee Talk. The next event is scheduled for May. Visit the South Mountain Precinct website, www.phoenix.gov/police/400smp1.html, for more information.