TUCSON- Pima County Sheriff's Department is beefing up DUI and Traffic Patrol units.
It started over one month ago and it's already seeing results. At one time, DUI and Traffic patrol were based at PCSD headquarters on Benson Highway.
Now they're assigned to the three major districts, Foothills District covering the North part of Pima County, San Xavier covering the South, and Rincon district covering the East. All this in an effort to keep the community safe.
Captain John Stuckey, told News 4 Tucson, "We want people to drive safely and so when we get out there quickly before we have accidents before we have problems. By doing that we're able to encourage people to drive properly and that makes it safe for everybody."
Now each district will soon have five officers dedicated to Traffic Enforcement and DUI.
Sergeant Costaki Manoleas works the Foothills District. He said in the last month and a half since they've started, they've already seen results which include writing more citations
"Our goal is to change driving behavior and if we can change people's driving behavior it means there's less car wrecks, there's less injuries, there's less people going to the hospital and people are safer."
Directed Patrol is also getting additional officers. They target quality of life issues. Sergeant Marcia Durns works the Rincon District and said they're able to respond to incidents quicker, especially, if citizens call 911 when they see suspicious activity.
"In a recent incident we were able to act on a citizen tip very quickly and ultimately led to successful arrests, prosecutions for a number of crimes that had occurred."
Since the Directed Patrol unit added more officers, they've had quicker results.
You'll see how in my Crime Trackers report tonight at 10.