There are currently 44 traffic signals and 7 lighted crosswalks in Casa Grande, all of which are meant to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on the road. The newest traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Trekell Road and O’Neil Road to reduce traffic congestion caused by Legacy Traditional School.
According to City Engineer Duane Eitel, developers are required to submit a Traffic Impact Analysis before they construct their development. “If that analysis indicates traffic will increase as the direct result of the development, then the developer is required to fund the installation of a traffic devise to mitigate the impact,” explains Eitel.
The city engineer reviews the Traffic Impact Analysis for each development project and makes recommendations for traffic devices and locations to alleviate congestion caused by the development. The city engineer also makes recommendations for other traffic devices in the community based on projected growth, traffic patterns and police accident reports.
The show this month also features the Casa Grande Police Department. Chief Cervantes talks about the importance of community policing and explains CompStat, a strategy the police department is using to help reduce crime and improve the quality of life in Casa Grande.
The CompStat strategy consists of generating monthly reports that contain specific crime and enforcement locations and times, including types of service calls, the top 25 calls for service and the 10 top locations for services. “CompStat is an accountability model, using real-time information to make better strategic decisions on how we allocate our resources,” explains Cervantes.
Since Cervantes became chief last year, the police department has established a community response team that goes door-to-door visiting with citizens and business owners. The team has visited over 1,500 residents and business owners who have provided valuable information that has led to numerous arrests.
“Community policing is a philosophy,” says Cervantes. “It’s the relationship we have with the community so that we can work together to solve issues, whether it’s a quality of life issue or crime issues.”
The Casa Grande Police Department offers a number of crime prevention programs, including a Neighborhood Block Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing, and education presentations to schools and businesses. The police department also organizes annual community events such as Silent Witness Anti-Crime Night in October and Public Safety Awareness Day in March.