The Maryvale Precinct is partnering with neighborhoods, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Juvenile Correctional Center, the Neighborhood Services Department, other valley agencies and the City Prosecutor’s Office to combat graffiti crimes in the precinct.
The Maryvale Precinct has an officer designated to investigate Graffiti and Gang Crimes, Officer Terry Laaker). In addition to be a Community Action Officer, Officer Laaker focuses his efforts on the most common “tag crews” and monikers in the precinct. Information is received from the Neighborhood Services Graffiti Tracker program that allows us to charge suspects for the aggregate amount of damage caused by their “tag”.
Oftentimes by investigating a “tag” or “tag crew”, information is developed reference a multitude of other serious offenses and the “tag crew” becomes a documented criminal street “gang”.
To learn more about what the Maryvale Precinct is doing to combat graffiti, please contact Lieutenant MacConnell at 602-495-5968, Officer Laaker can be reached at 602-495-5008.