The work: road stops, remote patrol, monitoring gun shows

2009-11-16T00:00:00Z The work: road stops, remote patrol, monitoring gun shows Arizona Daily Star
November 16, 2009 12:00 am

Here's how Arizona law enforcement agencies have used Operation Stonegarden funds, in order of how much they've been allocated:

Yuma County Sheriff's Office

• Overtime allocation: $1.9 million

• Equipment allocation: $1.7 million

• Mileage allocation: $177,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $655,000, paid to 65 people. Seven have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Deputies cannot work more than 20 overtime hours in one week.

• What they do on Stonegarden shifts: patrol the Colorado River, nearby levy and desert east of Yuma looking for people and drug smuggling; assist at Border Patrol highway checkpoint; conduct outbound inspections at the San Luis Port of Entry looking for weapons, cash and ammo; serve warrants; issue traffic citations.

Pima County Sheriff's Department

• Overtime allocation: $1.2 million

• Equipment allocation: $1.9 million

• Mileage allocation: $136,647

• Overtime distribution to date: $282,000, paid to 194 deputies. None has made more than $19,000.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Deputies cannot work more than 24 hours of overtime in a week.

• What they do on Stonegarden shifts: occasionally work at gun shows and conduct outbound inspections at the port of entry; mainly conduct "zero-tolerance" highway patrols - pulling over anyone who violates the law in designated zones.

Yuma Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $1.58 million

• Equipment allocation: $1.3 million

• Mileage allocation: $132,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $477,000, paid to 119 people. Three have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: no written restrictions, but supervisors frown upon an officer working more than two of his or her three days off on Stonegarden.

• What they do on Stonegarden shifts: patrol areas identified as known people- and drug-smuggling routes, making traffic stops on state and local violations with the goal of gathering intelligence for the Border Patrol.

Tucson Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $886,000

• Equipment allocation: $1.2 million

• Mileage allocation: $74,400

• Overtime distribution to date: $345,000, paid to 32 officers, Four have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: no official limit, but officers work scheduled shifts of six to eight hours on days off.

• What they do on Stonegarden shifts: Most work is focused on the movement of drugs that come across the border and through Tucson, including trying to intercept drug-load vehicles before they make it to stash houses and targeting gang members. Officers also occasionally work undercover at gun shows. During patrols, officers regularly issue traffic and other tickets.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department

• Overtime allocation: $1.48 million

• Equipment allocation: $419,575

• Mileage allocation: $156,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $580,775, paid to 45 people. Twelve have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Deputies cannot work more than four hours on a day they work a regular shift and no more than eight hours on a day off.

• What they do on Stonegarden shifts: look for illegal immigrants and refer them to the Border Patrol; pick up illegal immigrants with warrants who are in Border Patrol custody; recover bodies of suspected illegal border crossers; respond to assaults or robberies of illegal border crossers; assist federal agents on drug investigations. Also, respond to calls about loud music, domestic violence and audible alarms.

Douglas Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $1.16 million

• Equipment allocation: $335,750

• Mileage allocation: $156,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $518,638, paid to 39 officers. Twelve have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden overtime hours: Officers cannot work more than 12 hours a week, broken up into four-hour shifts.

• What they do on Stonegarden patrols: traffic enforcement around the city along known people- and drug-smuggling routes, and southbound inspections at the border port of entry. They regularly turn over dozens of illegal immigrants a day to the Border Patrol.

Nogales Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $959,000

• Equipment allocation: $478,700

• Mileage allocation: $105,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $213,000, paid to 68 officers. None made more than $9,600.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Officers must have eight hours off between any two shifts.

• What they do on Stonegarden patrols: Officers use a host of tactics that include patrolling neighborhoods, using all-terrain vehicles bought with Stonegarden funds to patrol areas they don't usually reach, working southbound inspections at the border port of entry, making contact with people and looking for anything suspicious.

San Luis Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $1 million

• Equipment allocation: $293,787

• Mileage allocation: $84,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $482,000, paid to 42 officers. Eight have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Officers cannot work more than 20 hours every two weeks.

• What they did on Stonegarden patrols: Officers went through regular neighborhood patrols while also patrolling stretches of border fence and desert areas in coordination with the Border Patrol.

Bisbee Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $877,122

• Equipment allocation: $442,850

• Mileage allocation: $30,000

• Overtime distribution to date: $615,532, paid to 23 people. Eleven have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Until 2008, it was first-come, first-served, with no limits. Starting in 2008, the city put a cap of $100,000 on total compensation for one officer between regular and overtime pay.

• What they do on Stonegarden patrols: conduct highway patrols along Arizona 80 and 92, known drug- and people-trafficking routes. In addition, officers get out and walk along known crossing routes and lay-up spots.

Wellton Police Department

• Overtime allocation: $326,610

• Equipment allocation: $120,000

• Mileage allocation: $22,080.

• Overtime distribution to date: $161,359, paid to seven officers. Four have made $20,000-plus.

• Rules dictating Stonegarden work: Officers cannot work more than 10 hours a day and no more than 16 hours of total patrol a day.

• What they do on Stonegarden patrols: Officers often assisted on Drug Enforcement Administration task forces and used night-vision goggles to look for illegal border crossers. They also handled crowd control at parades, soccer games and bike races, and attended a funeral.

• Note: Overtime and equipment allocations are for 2007-11; mileage allocations are for 2008-11, because mileage was not reimbursed in the first grant cycle.

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