Paul's Note - March 24, 2023

I’d like to extend some congratulations to a Ward 2 resident that has been a friend to my office for several years. 

Community Service Officer Lori Oien has been working in TPD’s Midtown Division as the full-time PNI Community Resource Officer. She is featured in the division’s newsletter as March’s “Officer of the Month.” 

PNI stands for Place Network Investigations, a multi-disciplinary approach to disrupting the criminal networks that contribute to areas of chronic violent crime. 

CSO Oien has been extremely helpful in bringing together businesses and community members to address the needs of residents in ODM's PNI. 

She has organized events in the ODM PNI area, including “Coffee with a Cop” and recruiting events. 

Oien is an effective communicator, consistently engaging with the community and keeping her command staff informed. She has helped address the needs of the Alvernon Grant Initiative, attending their meetings and ensuring that neighborhood concerns are addressed promptly. 

Oien also consistently responds to the needs of residents and businesses in the Swan and Speedway area. She was instrumental in helping to bring businesses together, ensuring that each completed and maintained a trespass letter on file, as well as making crime prevention recommendations. Business owners and neighborhood representatives have commended her hard work, positive attitude, and reliability. 

My office had a successful Team-Up to Clean-Up event on Friday morning. My staff and I, along with brothers and sisters of the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity, Old Pueblo Community Services homeless work program and community volunteers spent a few hours cleaning up trash in the Owen Park Wash, which runs South of Broadway. 

Recent rains have knocked over trees in the wash, meaning there are more places for trash from upstream to gather. A significant amount of the trash we found was from homeless camps, but much of it was also from irresponsible citizens who use our washes for wildcat dumping. Along with almost 100 bags of trash, we pulled out 25 shopping carts and many large items such as mattresses and couches. 

I’d also like to give a big shout out to Tucson Clean and Beautiful, which gave us some extra personnel along with supplies for a safe clean-up operation. 

Our office plans on organizing more of these events, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for details. 

The Tucson Water Conservation Program offers rebates for installing rainwater harvesting (up to $2,000) and permanent gray water irrigation systems (up to $1,000). Taking advantage of these opportunities in your home can help conserve water and save you money. A free, three-hour workshop and submission of a project plan are required to qualify.  

A new video about grey water system requirements can be found here: