Tucson Police Training in Mental Health Response

Tucson Police Department (TPD) patrol officers are receiving training in behavioral health to learn the best ways to handle mental health crisis calls. About 500 officers are expected to complete the training by the end of the year, said Police Chief Chris Magnus at a news conference yesterday.

TPD already has a Mental Health Support Team, which Magnus said puts the department "ahead of the curve across the country," but he said officers need more training to treat those in crisis.

Summer Reading Program Begins Tomorrow at Library

Grab a book, attend free events, and visit your local library starting tomorrow, through July 15. The theme of the annual Summer Reading Program from the Pima County Public Library is Build a Better World.

The program encourages children to read 20 minutes every day and use a reading tracker. Once certain milestones are met, the kids can collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. They'll even receive a coupon for free admission to Reid Park Zoo.

City to Relocate Some Neighborhood Recycling Centers

Beginning in late June, the City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department will begin relocation and closure of several Neighborhood Recycling Centers located throughout the city.

The decision to close the centers is the result of an evaluation process concluded in April. Increased illegal dumping has caused blight conditions at the sites, and a reduced amount of recyclable materials at some of the sites is outweighing the intended benefits of the recycling program.

Summer Safari Nights Program Begins at Reid Park Zoo

Tomorrow is the start of Summer Safari Nights 2017 at Reid Park Zoo. The program will run 6-8 p.m. every Friday until Aug. 4. Visit the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures, and enjoy the added benefits of live music, family-friendly animal features, special dining options, and gift shop discounts.

Each night will feature face painting, glitter tattoos, enrichment stations, artifact stations, the carousel, camel rides, and animal encounters.

Free Car Seat Giveway at Safety Class Next Week

Two car seat safety classes are scheduled for Tucson parents on the proper installation and fit of the seats, and free car seats will be handed out at the completion of classes. GEICO is partnering with Safe Kids Pima County and the Tucson Police Department to host monthly classes, which are free and open to the public.

The next class will be held Monday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at 930 N. Finance Center Drive. Another is scheduled for June 26 at the same time and location. Space is limited to 35 attendees per session. You can reserve a space by calling (520) 546-7340.

Job Opportunity: Senior Heavy Equipment Mechanic

The City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department's Fleet Services Division is seeking skilled mechanics to perform maintenance, repair, and overhaul work on heavy-duty vehicles and construction equipment with diesel, gasoline, and natural gas engines. Shift schedules may include weekends and holidays, and on-call work is required.

The deadline to apply is May 23.  

Read the job description.