Westside Police Service Center
1310 W. Miracle Mile
E-mail Operations Division West
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The City of Tucson is divided into five patrol divisions. Each division is divided into sectors, which are designated by the numbers on the map. When contacting a patrol division about a concern in your neighborhood or place of business referring to the sector number may speed your inquiry.
Operations Division West (ODW), or "Team 2," provides police services to the northwest portion of the City of Tucson. ODW is housed at the Westside Police Service Center 1310 W. Miracle Mile and is open to the public during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). The division serves an area bounded by the City limits on the west and north, Starr Pass to the south on the west side of Interstate 10 and Speedway Boulevard to the south on the east side of Interstate 10, and First Avenue on the east. The division is divided into seven geographical areas known as sectors and covers portions of Ward I, Ward III, and Ward VI.
The division has eleven uniformed patrol squads that are supervised by sergeants and serve around the clock to provide basic police service in the division. The division also includes a Bicycle Squad and Community Response Team that address specific problems in the division, as well as a Neighborhood Crimes Section that comprises detectives who investigate a variety of crimes that occur within the division’s boundaries. Personnel are also available to provide information and assistance regarding crime prevention and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.
Operations Division West is home to the Tucson Mall, which is one of the city's largest malls. There are many other businesses, particularly along Oracle Road and Stone Avenue, and a large collection of car dealerships along Auto Mall Drive. There are two Pima Community College campuses and two public high schools within the Division boundaries. Interstate 10 and Union Pacific railroad tracks bisect the division on a north/south line.
Some of the oldest neighborhoods in Tucson are in Operations Division West, and there are 22 organized neighborhood associations. The neighborhoods are quite diverse, ranging from historic barrio areas west of downtown Tucson, established residences in the center of the division, the Old Pascua Yaqui Village south of Grant Road, and newer homes and neighborhoods on the far west side, including the Marriott Starr Pass Resort.
Several of the older neighborhood associations on the west side of town joined together in the 1990s and formed the Westside Coalition. This coalition was selected as a federally sponsored "Weed & Seed" site and has been operating successfully for over five years. This effort exemplifies the community-based policing model that is used in Operations Division West and throughout the Tucson Police Department. Patrol officers in the division are assigned to work with the neighborhoods and their respective associations on an ongoing basis.
The central and northern parts of the division are home to a large business area, including both the Interstate 10 business loop (Miracle Mile) and a large corridor of business development along Oracle Road, including the Tucson Mall and a collection of car dealerships. The older business loop is generally less prosperous and is home to some historic ills that the department continues to address. Prostitution and narcotics offenses predominate in this older area, and are worked on an ongoing basis by the Community Response Team (CRT) and the Bicycle Squad.
The CRT offers tremendous flexibility for the division in responding to crime problems and constituent complaints received from City Council offices. The officers in this unit are able to work varied hours in either uniform or plainclothes capacity. To combat the prostitution problem, for example, the CRT frequently conducts "sting" operations where large-scale sweeps are made of not only the prostitutes, but their customers as well. These efforts, coupled with aggressive assistance from the prosecutors and courts, including placing zone restrictions to keep arrested prostitutes from returning to the area, have been helpful in dealing with this quality-of-life issue for our local residents.
The officers of the Bicycle Squad are able to provide highly-visible police presence, combined with improved accessibility into areas not generally accessible to vehicles, such as alleys, vacant lots, and parks. As with the CRT, the Bicycle Squad is used to address specific crime problems identified in the division.