For the first time since Phoenix instituted massive budget cuts this spring the Phoenix police, community activists and Block Watch members will be sitting down for coffee Thursday for another ’Tukee Talk, an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the officers who patrol Ahwatukee Foothills.

The gathering will be at the police substation in the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, and is open to the public.

“It’s a great opportunity to network with other Ahwatukee Block Watch and neighborhood groups,” said Alice Wells, an Ahwatukee Foothills Block Watch leader.

It’s also an opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions on crime fighting from community action and patrol officers who work in Ahwatukee Foothills.

“There’s no pre-set agenda, it’s just an open forum,” said Sgt. Scott McCauley, who is in charge of the community program at the South Mountain Precinct.

The meeting comes as statistics show that crime is on the decrease in Ahwatukee Foothills, partly because of the efforts of Block Watch members and residents who have been reporting out of the ordinary occurrence and alerting police to possible problems.

“It’s definitely a team effort,” said McCauley, pointing out how community members are the eyes and ears of the department. “We would like to see those trends continue, those downward trends.”

For more information on how to establish a neighborhood Block Watch, or for tips on how to prevent crimes or report suspicious activity, contact Officer Chad Williamsen, a community action officer assigned to Ahwatukee Foothills, at (602) 534-6534, or e-mail him at chad.williamsen@phoenix.gov.

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