UPDATED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 12:30:12 PM
Sun City Posse Phone: 623-972-2555
Our Posse H.Q. pictured below at: 10861 W. Sunland Dr. Sun City 85351
Commander Danny Moore
The new Commander for the year 2015 was sworn–in bySheriff Joe Arpaio.
E-mail the Commander:
(Web mail: type this in)
We serve you! Sun City Posse provides requested assistance to MCSO, but is not a
Law Enforcement Agency and is not supported by taxes or any level of Government.
We depend on personal, business, church and organization donations for everything
we need to purchase. Even the modest contributions are accepted with gratitude.
We then carefully budget and manage these funds, working for you!
are exclusively applied to Sun City Posse local community operations.
See the Events Page for programs of interest:
Newest items of public interest are found on the [Events Page] This Newsletter will
always be a source of on-going policy and a library of general information.
Please drive with caution, and watch for
stopped school buses:
WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION:
Look out for School Buses with flashing red lights.
Remember that you cannot pass any School Bus with RED
flashing lights; BOTH COMING AND GOING!
Unless there is a raised Median
between both directions
* A violation is not a traffic ticket, it is a crime, a
misdemeanor and expensive.
The rules concerning the operation of Golf Cars have changed.
The new vehicle code laws are somewhat complicated.
It is suggested you stop by the State MVD office or stop by the Posse Headquarters
Click on the button [Events Page] for more information> (On Home Page)
A brochure of the new Arizona State Golf Car laws can save you a traffic ticket.
Our new Block Watch Contact is
Lt. Laraine Schweig
NOTE: You missed the 2015 Posse Open House, but can view several
photos of the activities and available safety equipment for Sun City.
Here is a simple way you can earn money to help the Sun City Posse provide
services to the community, and it will not cost you anything except for a minor
Fry's Community Rewards Program
MOUSE CLICK HERE: Fry's Community Rewards Program You can register and sign in. Sun City Posse Rewards Organization number is
Another person runs a stop sign and was killed, story below:
A letter from the new Commander of the Sun City Posse will be published soon.
PLEASE, DO NOT RUN STOP SIGNS, YOU ALSO COULD DIE!
A 97-year-old man died after his golf cart was hit by an SUV on Wednesday,
(We feel this could happen again, please be careful)
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say the man was driving a golf cart near 99th
Avenue and Thunderbird when he ran a stop sign and was struck by an SUV.
(PLEASE READ THE FULL STOP ADVICE BELOW)
SAME AREA, SAME RESULTS FROM ANOTHER RUNNING A STOP SIGN.
Running stop signs and turning right on red without stopping causes
these crashes County wide. Now, two have been killed in the same
general area of 99th
and Thunderbird. Are you next?
Photo, credit to Channel 5 CBS news. CBSaz.com
State law requires a
Before entering ANY HIGHWAY; From a side street or
any parking lot or driveway. It does not matter if there is
a posted Stop sign or no Stop Sign; FULL
DIRECT LINK TO MARICOPA SHERIFF WEB SITE
In lakes or ponds. Questions? Call SCHOA. 623-974-4718
Or go directly to the SCHOA Web site
Another lesson about taking MEDICATION:
Extrication of victim: 99 Ave and Union Hills Dr. Result of a car crash. This is what is
left of one car after Fire Department rescued the victim.
Occupant was pinned by the crushed vehicle wedged under the culvert.
Sun City Posse assisted Maricopa Sheriff’s Deputies with traffic control while Sun City
Fire Personnel extricated the victim that was trapped inside. Indications were, this driver
had a medical issue.
Please do not drive, right after taking prescription medications!
Distracted Driving Causes Collisions:
This occurred at Peoria Ave and 105th
Ave. Tuesday Oct. 8.
The Posse Radar Trailer was in service and surrounded with warning cones.
Still, a distracted driver ran over the cones and the trailer.
No injuries reported, but the car needs some serious repairs. Also our Radar unit no
longer works properly.
: Sun City Posse patrols are not law
enforcement and cannot issue traffic citations.
However the Sun City Posse patrols the streets looking
out for our residents. We are only a radio request away
from immediate assistance by a Maricopa Sheriff
Deputy when seconds count.
Are drivers of Golf Cars required to completely stop for stop
signs? If making a right turn on RED do they have to
All vehicles must fully stop at red lights and stop signs!
b. A right turn is allowed on
signal, but there is a
requirement that any vehicle fully stops, and then proceeds
when safe. A so-called rolling right turn on
is a violation.
Also, ALL drivers remember that when leaving any driveway to enter a
public road, you must come to a complete stop, and then proceed when it
. This stop is required even though there is no stop sign.
directly into a roadway from a driveway without stopping is a violation
law enforcement can issue a citation which will place points on your driver
license. It will cost money for the fine and your auto insurance premium
can also be affected.
will the Fire Department enter to save you if you are
able to open the door?
Think about this. Cost of a window
or door repair versus a one-time cost
Is this a no-brainer?
Make the call today:
BE READY FOR AN EMERGENCY!
Department Lock Boxes. $65. (Page 19)
Please do not put this off; a broken door is much more expensive!
THIS IS WHAT
WE ALSO DO
An early morning fire destroyed a Sun City home on Desert Rock Drive during the summer and some time ago. Fortunately no persons were injured and no loss of life. Due to the nature of the fire, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained a warrant and searched the charred remains. This was an arson investigation. Uniformed Sun City Posse members were requested by Maricopa Sheriff’s Deputies to guard the scene for public safety and preservation of evidence. Several uniformed Quick Response personnel braved up to 109 degree temperatures for most of the day to provide this assistance. This is an example of the expanded protective services that your Sun City Posse provides on a daily basis.
Did you know about our Funeral Watch?Another service is the placing of a uniformed Posse member and either a patrol car or an unmarked patrol van by the home during a funeral. Criminals have been known to burglarize a home while everyone is at the service. Our Posse stands by at this time to prevent problems. Call our volunteer Posse for information about this free service between 10 Am and 3 Pm weekdays. Phone: 623-972-2555
Posse patrols continue to see these violations! THIS COULD BE YOU!
“Stopping on the Train tracks:” 3 Accidents in the area:
We all see others do it. We may have stopped on the train tracks ourselves or stopped just past the tracks, which this person did but did not move forward enough. Fortunately the driver suffered only minor injuries but received a Traffic Citation. This was the THIRD auto vs. train accident in a 4 week period. Driver; stop at the limit line and do NOT STOP ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. This person could have been killed. LOOK for the warning line where the Crossing Gate comes down. If the Gate lands on your vehicle and breaks, this counts as a Traffic Accident and violation, with points on your License. Driving away is a Hit & Run crime!
Please revisit your mailed invitation to donate to the Sun City Posse.
We need your help to continue our services to the residents of Sun City.
Even a modest donation will greatly assist the Posse. Thank you!
Our 501C3# is: 51-0178773. Save this number for tax purposes
Your donations are exclusively applied to Sun City Posse local
Tell everybody about this Newsletter:
Remember that it is our dedicated Posse and Associate volunteers that do this
important work. The vehicles we patrol in, our Headquarters Building and all
operation expenses are based on your kind donations.
However, our Posse Membership is down at the present time. Please give us a
call and check the Web Site.
The Sun City Posse presence helps to make this a safe
Community. Please join our Posse.
Experience the satisfaction
Did you know that our Patrol Personnel --consistently see suspicious persons who are probably planning to commit a crime? Many of these characters see our patrol units and then drive away quickly--leaving Sun City. Recently one of our patrol units was instrumental in the observation and recovery of a stolen car. Think about the concept of more Sheriff Patrol Units. The Sun City Posse provides a higher level of perceived patrol presence than is found in many other cities. As a result we can all feel much safer in Sun City.
Diagram from AZ MVD Driver Handbook:
Too many Sun City drivers
are not following the
Arizona turning laws.
Instead of turning per the
diagram below, many
drivers are using the
opposite lanes. That is;
making a left turn from
the RIGHT CURB. Or;
making a right turn from
the CENTER of the
roadway. These illegal
turns from the WRONG
LANE have caused
accidents. The illegal
TURNING CARS were at
fault. These drivers were ticketed.
Also, do not “SWING” your turns by using more than your one proper
lane. Just turn the car.
Yes, a turn from the wrong lane IS a citable traffic violation.
Ask any friendly Posse Member or Deputy, if you have questions.
Kindly tell your friends about
Arizona traffic laws may be different from your home
state. Also, consider stopping by a Motor Vehicle Office
to pick up a copy of the Arizona Driver Rules.
Another traffic law question answered:
In Arizona, can you make a left turn on a red signal arrow?
See the rumors and the facts:
Always drive safely, watch out for other drivers who
may be distracted by conversation, cell phones etc.
Operating any motor vehicle in Sun City:
Another Urban Legend:
See the box below:
A second reminder of a very present danger, please be careful:
The word going around on the Internet is that in Arizona, a person
left turn on a red arrow
unless a sign is posted that states
“Left Turn on Green
Arrow Only” (On 99th
Ave. and Bell Road the Posse sees a number of these
illegal left turns.) MCSO Deputies and DPS are now aware of the violations
and are ready to issue traffic tickets to violators.
Making a left turn against the red arrow will be grounds for a very
expensive Police traffic citation with bad points on your driver’s license.
Please, do NOT try making a left turn on a RED arrow!
ALSO; LOOK before you turn left for oncoming traffic.
DANGER RAILROAD CROSSING
Do NOT stop on tracks!
Watch for Crossing Gate
gate can hit your vehicle!
Too many drivers pay little or no attention to the Railroad Crossings.
That could lead to tragedy.
Call the Sun City Posse at
if you have any concerns
about wild animals. We are here to help you with answers.
Wild live Coyotes are
picked up by Maricopa Animal Control.
WATCH YOUR PETS which are walking meals!
Do not leave a purse or wallet in your car. Two reported car
break-ins at the Bell Recreation Center swimming pool parking lot. The
thieves ran up over $2,000.00 on three credit cards within an hour after one
theft. Lock your car and take valuables with you no matter where you park.
The Sun City Posse is aware of these recent break-ins of vehicles and is patrolling
the parking lots. Suspicious persons will be reported to MCSO immediately.
SCAM WARNINGS, LOTS OF THEM!
Senior Abuse Line: 602-542-2124
AZ Attorney General
on the Web at
Please visit this Website
You can click on the above
Other Scams are running rampant. Watch out for the “You won the
Pub Clearing House millions, just send $20 (up to) $100 for handling.”
Banks advising: lots of people are “winning” the Australia Lottery, just
wire $1,000.00 cash to another country for “handling.” Some people are
so convinced they “won” that one person sent total of $12,000.00 and is
still waiting. They are convinced they won the big prize!
“Granny Scam” is a phone call in the middle of the night. He or she will
say either “Grandma or Grandpa” depending who answers. The grand
parent will say “Bill is that you?” and now they know that there is a
grandchild by name. Next will be request for WIRED money, along
with “Please do not tell anybody”.
It gets worse, the grand parent is called back, “I did not get the money,
there was a spelling error” Grand parent sends MORE money.
Per the Attorney General’s Office, this is a real on-going threat
the Grandchild, they may be sleeping in bed……..
Another Recent SCAM Attempt:
Public Relations Service
Computer Club of Sun City
[Dear Internal Revenue Service customer, after the last annual
calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are
eligible to receive a tax refund of $120.50.
Please submit the tax refund form and allow us 3-5 business days in
order to process it.
To access the form for your tax refund, please Click Here. (ICON)
Tax Refund Deparment Internal Revenue Service.]
Please do not fall for this scam!
Please e-mail the Sun City Posse if you hear about any new ways that
criminals are trying to steal from our citizens.
Click on this link to send information directly to the Commander:
This Newsletter is updated frequently to provide the residents and visitors
of Sun City with updates on Posse activities. Please Bookmark this
Newsletter URL so that you can go directly to the Newsletter in the future.
The Sun City Posse Command Staff carefully monitors the crime rate,
which is much lower than surrounding cities. Should problems occur,
Commander Danny Moore is ready to quickly dispatch additional patrol
your Heater/Air Conditioning ducts for $150.
Do not let them in your home.
Yes, even more Scam Alerts: Please be aware of these
SCAM ALERT: If you receive a call stating that you “missed a jury duty
summons” HANG UP! The scammer will ask for your name, social security
number, etc. Maricopa County contacts only by MAIL. This scam is being worked
in all states in the country. Tell your friends please.
SCAM ALERT: If you receive a letter stating you need to pay $150 for a
Deed to your home, it is a SCAM disguised as an official document. If you
really want a copy of a deed to your home, the fee is $10.
Want Crime Reports or Block Watch information?
Fraud Alerts? Scam Alerts? Amber Alerts? Just click below:
You can be included on our crime info mailing list.
CONTRACTORS AND YOU:
DON'T BE A VICTIM: FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW
DON'T respond to scare tactic door to door salesmen
who were just driving by and noticed a problem with
your roof or driveway or want to install attic insulation.
DON'T make major or full payments to the contractor for
purchase of materials.
DON'T supply telephone solicitors with credit card
DON'T accept the first bid that comes along.
DON'T assume that if a contractor is licensed you will
get what you pay for. (More on page 16)
DON'T allow solicitors or contractors to have access to
your home or property without a prior appointment.
Verify the contractor's name, license number, and
name of the person coming to your home.
DON'T judge a book by its cover. Many con men are
friendly and appear professional.
ALWAYS CALL THE
ARIZONA REGISTRAR OF
Posse Sgt. Terry Olthoff
Crime Prevention/Block Watch
CRIME ALERTS INFO AT END OF NEWSLETTER:
Block Watch Information below, please scroll down:
We have reinstated Pay Pal as a way to donate to the Posse.
Please visit our [Be a Sponsor] page. You can use the [BACK] arrow of your browser to return to the Posse Home Page.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY!
The Fire Department Emergency Entry can result in a broken door.
A broken front door can be expensive in the aftermath of a medical, police,
or fire emergency:
Installing a Sun City Fire Department Lock Box gives the Fire Responders a
quick way to enter your house if someone inside needs emergency
services. Authorities may break in under emergency circumstances and
the cost of a replacement door plus the door jam and hardware can be in
the Hundreds of dollars. These lock boxes are secure and contain the front
door keys. Only the Fire Captain has this unique security key.
This feature is available for Sun City and Sun City West at this time.
If you cannot afford a lock box, call anyway for special programs.
Please click this link about the Maricopa Posses:
An Important Announcement:
An efficient and free program to ensure Sun City and Sun City West single
occupant residents are O.K. The R.U.O.K. program is featured below. This
is a great free alternative for persons who want the freedom of living alone
in Sun City and Sun City West communities
Relatives please check it out!
PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS LIFE SAVING SERVICE
This is a free service
DO YOU HAVE A SUN CITY “LOCK BOX”?
One time installation fee: $65.
Are the keys in your Fire Department lock box
CURRENT? (Will they work?)
Call the Sun City Fire Department to exchange keys if locks changed!
“Quick access by Fire Department in an Emergency”
Mentioned below in this R.U.O.K brochure is “How does
the Fire Department get in?”
A forced entry can result in costly repairs
A SUN CITY Fire Department
Lock Box costs only $65
including installation. (Sun City
& Sun City West only)
Call Sun City Fire Dept
Please, consider an Emergency
A LOCKBOX IS FOR MEDICAL
JOINING THE PROGRAM IS
Call the Posse that covers your area during business
and a message will be left with the R.U.O.K.
Coordinator. The Coordinator will call you and set up an
appointment to fill out an application.
The application consists of the necessary information
for the program to work: Your Name, Phone Number,
Emergency Contacts, Doctor, Clergy Contacts and
This information is not given out to anyone and is
used for the express purpose of the R.U.O.K. Program.
A Warm Welcome to our News LetterThe Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City welcomes you to our new public information service.
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See the [Contact Us] page for the e-mail link
Please help the Posse!
Safeway E-Scrip form is
on page 25:
For our Winter Vacationers, do not forget to bookmark:
You can view this News Letter from anywhere on the Planet
where WWW is available!
Neighborhood Watch Program
Also Known as Block Watch
The Block Watch Program is as
always, a high priority for the
Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City and
meetings between Posse
members and concerned
residents of Sun City continue.
To schedule a meeting with your
Block Watch residents or Condo
Members, just call our offices
during our business hours. As we
are volunteers our business hours
are weekdays, between 9 AM and
The number to call is
623-972-2555. Please ask for our Block
Watch People, in charge of the
Lt. Laraine Schweig
Can be contacted during our
normal business M-F 9:00 AM to
about 1:00 PM.
(We are volunteers)
Please observe for your neighbor’s safety. This Neighborhood Watch Program really makes us all safer. You may contact Terry at the Posse H.Q. and arrange for a meeting. He will assist you in setting up a Block Watch Team in your neighborhood.
Besides the advantages of enhanced safety in your neighborhood, this is a great way to get together with your residents in your community.
It is a proven fact that Neighborhood Watch works!
Vacation Watch Patrols:
The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City quietly checks homes where the residents are away on vacation. This service must be requested. You may pick up a Vacation Watch Card at our Base Headquarters or obtain information by calling us during business hours at 623-972-2555.
The link to a Vacation Watch form has been removed. You may also contact any patrol for a blank Vacation Watch form.
Please do NOT send an abbreviated or incomplete Vacation Watch Card to us, as we will be unable to service such a request.
Homeowners have stated that an obvious Posse response to a home with the residents gone is a tip-off to thugs that this is a house ripe for a burglary. Think about it; the Posse removes old newspapers, door hangers and reports to key holders of any problems. All that “stuff” if not removed is advertisement to burglars at a glance. Your choice:
When residents go on vacation, we check the home immediately or as soon as possible. MANY LEAVE A WINDOW OR DOOR UNLOCKED OR EVEN OPEN. We see to it that the home is secure.
Does that sound like a plan?
It needs to be stated once again; that absolutely no funds are received from County Government, and that the sole source of our operations is from donations.
Please Click this Link for Information:
It is a fact that Posse members
personally donate thousands of hours of their time and receive absolutely no compensation.
Your Positive Remarks Requested:
While you are reading this, you might have some suggestions as to what useful information should be included in this News Letter.
Emergency phone numbers may come to mind. You may need to call and report an emergency. 911 will contact all the
Welfare Checks on Family:
Many persons moved from another part of the country and relocated in Sun City. As time passes and people age, there are substantiated concerns about the well being of family members.
For those reading this News Letter that are out of state, we have a solution, should there be concerns about the welfare of a loved one. Call the Sun City Posse at 623-972-2555 or the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011. We all view a personal welfare issue as very important. See above about the RUOK program that is administered by Maricopa County at no charge to members of this program.
Call the Posse Base Headquarters for more information.
Please Assist The Sun City Posse:Click on the underlined link below for more information:
You may also wish to consider
joining our Safeway Market
e-Scrip program. Click the
underlined link below for an
application. You can print it out,
send it to the Posse or give it
personally to a posse member. As
you shop and purchase, Safeway
donates funds to our
Posse. This does not cost you a
Download an application file by
clicking on the underlined link
below and printing it out:
We also have an Albertson Market program that donates to the Sun City Posse based on your purchases. The donation is by the Albertson Markets and does not impact your total at the cash register. Stop by the Base HQ during our business hours—before 3:00 PM on --weekdays—or contact any of our patrol units in the field for a bar code card.
The Sun City Posse collects used Cell Phones and passes the phones on to be used as 911 phones. The recipients may be battered women and other needy persons.
If you have an old pistol, rifle, or shotgun that you no longer want, just bring it to us or call the dispatcher at 972-2555 and our Duty Officer will pick the firearms up. We can safely dispose of old ammunition as well.
Old American Flag Disposal:Please stop by and drop off your worn American flags. We will see that the flag is retired properly. You can give your flag to a Posse patrol member also.
We do it right the first time:Someone aptly stated: Do any task properly, as if you are being watched, even if no one is watching.
Having observed fellow Sun City Posse members doing their appointed missions in patrol and many other functions, it can be stated that the Sun City Posse
members are conscientious and dedicated to do the right thing in every situation.
The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City provides additional personal service to the Sun City community and is only a phone call away.
We assist challenged senior citizens in many ways and every day. If you are
living in the Sun City Community and have any serious problems and concerns
about your health and safety, please give us a call during business hours.
Sheriff Joe advised that the Posse Program saves County taxpayers 7 million dollars a year. Please support our Sun City Posse. We have no control over political situations.
CRIME ALERTS SUN CITY
Greetings all Crime Watchers,
I am happy to report that we have partnered with SPOT CRIME and are now
able to provide you with more timely crime reports.
Instead of a monthly report as you have received in the past you may now get
daily reports on crime in Sun City or anywhere you are interested in.
You will need to sign up with SPOT CRIME to get their daily emails.
To do this go to
Click on the Sign Up tab at the top of the screen.
You will be asked for your email address, a password, and your home
It will then give you a list of the crimes in your area.
I thank you for your interest and I will still provide the SCAM ALERTS as
Click on the link below to join the Crime Prevention mailing list:
We still observe partly open garage doors on patrol. This can place your home at risk!
DANGER! PLEASE CLOSE YOUR GARAGE DOOR AT ALL TIMES FOR YOUR SAFETY!