PD Tukee Talks – the quarterly session that brought residents and Phoenix Police together to talk about crime trends and other public safety concerns – is about to disappear from Ahwatukee’s calendar.
At an informal meeting last week with a few homeowners association representatives, city officials announced that after a final Tukee Talks session in September, the confabs will be replaced by two large police-community events roughly spaced six months apart.
The news dismayed Tracey Church, a resident who maintains the Ahwatukee Crime Watch Facebook page and has been organizing the quarterly Tukee Talks sessions for more than a year.
One HOA representative suggested that people aren’t particularly interested in such gatherings with police because crime is not a major problem in Ahwatukee.
But one attendee noted she’s from Boston and said such communitywide events with police help teach children that officers are their friends. Stone is encouraging HOA representatives to contact his office at 602-262-7491 to sign up for a future planning meeting.
Meanwhile, Church and police will hold two fall events: The last Tukee Talks 6-7:30 Sept. 28 at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 Cheyenne Drive; and a free vehicle identification number etching on people’s cars from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Corpus Christi Church parking lot, 3550 E. Knox Road. The latter is a deterrent to auto theft.