April 3, 2012
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In response to Mr. Aleshire’s March 27 article that indicated the Payson Police Department is doing its job in arresting people but “the large problem remain[s] in seeming reluctance of Gila County prosecutors to file the cases submitted by police, resulting in officers returning to the same address over and over again ....” We agree that the Payson Police Department is working hard to combat all crimes occurring in Payson and particularly domestic violence (DV) offenses. The comment directed at prosecutors is, however, inaccurate and there is no “reluctance” to file DV offenses when charges are supported by sufficient facts to result in a conviction. Our 2011 annual report indicated just shy of 300 DV cases were prosecuted by this office and we take pride in ensuring these cases are handled appropriately.