Petition to Reinstate the Youngtown Police Department
  • Petitioned Honorable Michael LeVault

This petition was delivered to:

Youngtown, Arizona, Mayor
Honorable Michael LeVault
Youngtown, Arizona, Town Council
Youngtown, Arizona, Council Member
Shirley Oglesby
Youngtown, Arizona, Council Member
Margaret Chittenden
Youngtown, Arizona, Council Member
Susan McKay
Youngtown, Arizona, Council & Vice Mayor
Jake Duran
Youngtown, Arizona, Council Member
Dorena Mello

Petition to Reinstate the Youngtown Police Department

    1. Citizens For A Better Youngtown
    2. Petition by

      Citizens For A Better Youngtown

      Youngtown, AZ

1. The police department was eliminated based upon completely false, made-up data that indicated non-existent "savings." It was based upon the cost of a nineteen officer police department including a chief, a lieutenant, four detectives, and three sergeants, something the department has never had in its entire 50 year existence and does not need!. Youngtown has only a seven officer department. If next year's police budget had been based upon reality, it would have shown zero savings to be had from contracting with MCSO.

2. Only our police department is responsible for our town being a safe and quiet place in the crime-ridden West Valley next to El Mirage. Unlike most nearby communities, Youngtown was graffiti-free. Our officers were dedicated and proactive in their policing of the town. Instead of just waiting for calls, they patrolled the town watching for lawbreakers, drug dealers, and gang members. Our narcotics K9 team was lauded by the entire West Valley.

3. The contract with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) provides only a Youngtown "beat" in the West Valley. This means that one district deputy will be assigned to that beat, but is not required to remain within the boundaries of the town. With the short-staffing and budget constraints that MCSO currently has, the odds are that the deputy will only rarely be in our town unless called. No pro-active patrolling will take place.

4. This action by the council will adversely affect our and our childrens' safety, as well as our home values and the saleability of our homes. 

Therefore, we respectfully request that the Town Council of the Town of Youngtown, Arizona, immediately void the contract with MCSO and reinstate the Youngtown Police Department

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    1. The story has been picked up by media in other states

      Citizens For A Better Youngtown
      Petition Organizer

      The story of how the mayor, town manager, and council used false data as an excuse to dissolve the Youngtown Police Department and throw our dedicated officers out onto the streets only weeks before Christmas has been picked up by media in other states. Hopefully, the story will go viral.

    2. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Hank Forsythe YOUNGTOWN, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I and all of my neigbors are very upset about this. Everyone is asking when someone is going to do something about it.

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    • Jewel MacInyre YOUNGTOWN, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm 80 years old. Our police department is the only reason I felt safe living in Youngtown. Sun City has its volunteer posse, without them the sheriff department could not protect them. We don't have a posse and we won't now have near the protection we had before. This was a very bad thing to do!

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    • Al Guerrero YOUNGTOWN, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Why, now that there are a lot of Hispanics living in Youngtown, has the council decided to fire the diverse department and bring in a department that is under investigation for discrimination and racial profiling of Hispanics? Could it be that this move is based on racism? Are they hoping that MCSO will run the "Mexicans" out of town?

      Youngtown has a long history of racism and ageism, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was a factor. Yes, I thnk this council needs to be replaced.

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    • sherri buck TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Sheriff Joe Apario is the best defense thoughout Arizona for Arizonans.

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    • Kenneth Perguson OVERGAARD, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm sick of those entering our country illegally entering our country being put above those waiting to come here LEGALLY!

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