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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2008 6:17 pm | Updated: 8:47 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Despite sweltering temperatures on Monday, police officers in north Scottsdale got out of their cruisers and walked the streets.

Searing heat remains in extended forecast

These foot patrols - in this case, in Scottsdale's wide-open neighborhoods north of Cactus Road - were just the latest in a monthslong effort to improve the department's visibility and access to officers for residents.

This community-friendly approach has been taking place regularly since January.

It has been the goal of the department to walk each street in the city at least one time throughout the year, and so far, all of the "hundreds" of streets in north Scottsdale's District III coverage area have been patrolled at least once, said officer Bisk "A.S." Consoli.

"There's a large percentage of people that don't want to be a bother," Consoli said. "They don't want to call 911 or call police if they see something unusual. When we're there instead of just driving by, it's easier for them to talk to us.

"It's nice making conversation. People say things like, 'Now that you're here,' ... People want to get our take on things. For us, it's getting to know who people are, where they are and what they're doing."

As Consoli drove along the 8200 block of East Gelding Drive, he stopped and chatted with a handful of workers from Advanced Media Group who were taking a break.

Sporting tattoos and a faded red T-shirt that said "Affliction," worker Ed Barreiro made small talk with Consoli.

"I'd never think the police would want to talk to me unless I was in trouble," said Barreiro, of Cave Creek. "People won't be scared if they stop and talk more often."

Officers never know what they're going to find while walking their beats.

Last week, as officer Jim McDonough was walking his beat, he found a toddler wandering in an alley in south Scottsdale, barefoot and wearing a diaper.

The officer later reunited the toddler with his parents, said Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.

There also were open garage doors and cars that had open windows and tools on the seats.

Officers regularly warn residents of such theft risks during their foot patrols.

"Lock your car doors and keep your garage doors shut," Clark said. "It's a lot of little things that can help make thefts like that 100 percent preventable."

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