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And Bill, thank you for giving us your time to write your column. I worry that we will over-react. You give us a history upon which to ponder a measured reaction.
Samakt and k33j88,If you want to take the time and go back through the Tribune archives you can read past columns about warrants, what's being done outside of Maricopa County and things I've done in the past that should answer your questions. Thanks for taking the time to read my column and comment. Bill
Thank you for your decision to "serve and protect" and putting your life on the line for the benefit of all. However, don't be so quick to bite the hand that fed you all those years. Were you so active and resolute while you were gainfully employed? Just wondering.
Irrational and clueless Bill: Just what role do the various law enforcement organizations outside of MCSO have regarding warrants and sex crimes? The 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 more or less number is a variable that anti MCSO zealots like to throw out. I always thought all law enforcement departments, including ole Bill's former department shared a role is detaining individuals with outstanding warrants. I believe that once a warrant is logged into the data base, it available for all law enforcement officers to use as a tool when encountering a suspicious individuals. My guess is that if MCSO was disbanded or consolidated into the various police departments and DPS, the warrant problem would remain. Ditto for sex crimes. What role does the joint task force for rounding up criminals with warrants serve?
Just how many sex crimes did you personally cover and solve Bill? You seem to have become an authority on the criminal justice system AFTER you retired from what I can ascertain form the various articles you have written. Enlighten us on your track record while gainfully employed as a an LEO. You may have earned your reputation and it is just not a matter of public information.
RationalHuman,I don't have an answer. I do know MCSO has failed to find and serve and arrest warrant on Adrian Cruz a convicted child rapist who escaped from MCSO custody during a trill on new charges. Google Cruz, he's one extremely dangerous convict.
Well said Bill!
30,000 unserved felony warrants in Maricopa County...this fact alone makes my blood boil whenever I hear about a gang of MSCO thugs harrassing a cancer patient over her medical marijuana...why do they avoid the REAL criminals to go after cancer patients? I can only think of one reason...cowardice, coupled with incompetence.
I am curious as to how many of these unserved felony warrants are related to violence against a child.
Arizona Republican Legislators only care about fetuses. Once you are born you are free to die slowly or quickly without interference.
... then there is the issue of cold cases and how to work, manage and resolve those justice issues. I want to thank Bill Richardson for standing up on this issue as well as Ed Montini of the Republic. There are two things I don't expect in this process: 1. that oversight on how murders are investigated especially in the case of child murders and 2. that someone from the legislature will actually convene a group to take an objective look at the issue of murder in Arizona. Laurie Roberts, a Republic Columnist, has looked at the issue from a CPS view point and prevention. It would be good if Senator Gray would create an environment for people to role up their sleeves and delve into these issues rather than react. If the Caylee Anthony case is the vehicle to get to an open discussion about murder and child murder in Arizona as well as unsolved and cold cases, then so be it. Senator Gray needs to understand that the issue is broader than the Anthony case. However, missing persons cases are a good pigeon hole for many murder cases. A Phoenix PD detective solved one such case by locating a missing person's body underneath the floor of a home. ... the victim wasn't missing ... just not found. On the other side in the more aggressive mode, the amber alert system works. Thanks Bill for standing up on this.
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