Following new conditions set forth by the Pima County Board of Supervisors regarding the use of federal Stonegarden grant funding, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has begun tracking interactions with our federal partners at the United States Border Patrol (USBP). This new effort began on March 1, 2018 and was intended to document any and all requests made by the Sheriff’s Department to USBP. At the end of March, the number of interactions were compiled and provide insight into the number of instances where PCSD requested USBP assistance, as well as the nature of the requests being placed.
In total, 101 instances of contact with USBP were documented; six of which were requests made by USBP to PCSD regarding such notifications as cows in the roadway, location of human remains, and assistance with finding outstanding suspects. The remaining 95 documented instances encompass all requests made by PCSD to USBP, and are broken down as follows:
• 72 instances where PCSD transferred calls to USBP BORSTAR involving individuals in need of rescue
• 14 instances where PCSD transferred citizens wanting to report suspected undocumented immigrants or suspicious activity
• 6 requests by PCSD for assistance in identifying suspected undocumented immigrants. In total 9 suspected undocumented immigrants were turned over to USBP
• 2 requests by PCSD for USBP canine assistance for suspected narcotics violations
• 1 request for a 9-1-1 caller who asked to be transferred to USBP