San Luis High School Lockdown


On December 1, 2017 at approximately 8:19 a.m., officers from the San Luis Police Department responded to the San Luis High School regarding a social media post in reference to a possible weapon located within the school premises.

 

San Luis Police officers checked the areas within the school based on the information at hand for any potential threats besides establishing a perimeter in the high school property.

 

At approximately 9:30 a.m. the lock-down was lifted after the search concluded, which turned out to be a false alarm.   

 

At this point, the San Luis Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation in reference to the incident.

 

The San Luis Police Department is asking for assistance from the public with any information regarding this incident that could lead to the identification and apprehension of possible suspects. 

 

 

For more information about this topic, or to schedule a meeting with San Luis Police Department Public Affairs Unit, please call the Communications Division at (928) 341-2420 or email us at PDPublicAffairsUnit@cityofsanluis.org.

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awards $22,000 to San Luis Police Department


San Luis, AZ – The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the San Luis Police Department (SLPD) $22,000 in grants for fiscal year 2018. This grant will allow the department to enhance DUI Alcohol Enforcement and Selective Traffic Enforcement.

The SLPD obtained $10,000 to enhance our DUI Alcohol Enforcement effort throughout the City of San Luis. Through this grant, patrol officers will be able to focus on impaired drivers during busy holiday seasons and try to make the roadways as safe as possible.

In addition, the SLPD also obtained funds in the amount of $12,000 to focus on Selective Traffic Enforcement. The personnel services awarded through this grant will allow officers to patrol the areas were speeding and aggressive driving has been reported.

The San Luis Police Department, through the help of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, has been able to continue to reduce serious injuries and deaths by arresting impaired drivers and enforce traffic laws during the holidays and long weekends. This year’s award will allow the SLPD to increase its enforcement within our jurisdiction.

San Luis Police Department to participate in No-Shave November


Beginning November 1st and running through the end of March, San Luis Police Department officers will be sporting a new look to support a worthy cause.

The No-Shave November is a national movement that encourages men to raise awareness and funding for cancer-related charities, including the American Cancer Society, non-profit organizations related to domestic violence awareness and local youth organizations among others.

Officers generally have to follow strict rules about facial hair, but these rules will be relaxed a bit this November and it will go through the end of March. Officers will be allowed to grow neatly trimmed beards and goatees, but will focus on keeping a professional image as they continue serving the community.

Acting Chief of Police Richard Jessup adds, “As we in law enforcement support worthy causes, we encourage those in the community to help us bring awareness and raise much needed funds for these organizations”.

Vehicle Accident Involving Injuries


Officers from San Luis Police Department responded to Juan Sanchez Boulevard and 10th Avenue to a reported vehicle collision involving two vehicles. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with possible injuries.

The San Luis Police Department wants to remind all motorists to drive safely, sober and to avoid any distracted driving, especially when the busy holiday season is quickly approaching.

Fraudulent/SCAM Phone Calls


The San Luis Police Department is warning the community about numerous fraudulent telephone calls that were made and reported throughout the month of October 2017. There were over six cases reported to the SLPD.

One resident of San Luis, AZ reported that a caller that identified herself as an APS representative informed her that she needed to pay $1,360.00 or her electricity service would be suspended. The resident also reported that the caller told her that there was a crew en route to her residence to cancel her electricity service unless she bought two “Green Dot/Money Pak cards” (pre-paid cards) with the $1,360.00.

The San Luis resident said she thought the phone call was strange; therefore, contacted APS and found out that she had no outstanding electricity bills. Furthermore, she was told by an actual APS representative that no one had contacted her from APS about any outstanding bills. Unfortunately, the money from the cards had already been withdrawn. The number that appeared in the caller ID had a prefix of 333-XXX-XXXX.

On previous incidents, IRS scams also happened where supposedly an IRS agent was requesting payment for overdue taxes. If the money is not paid immediately, victims are told they will be arrested. Those IRS scam calls usually request the payment either on prepaid cards or wire transfers.

SLPD is asking citizens to not disclose any personal information if they suspect the call to be suspicious. It is also being asked that citizens make every attempt possible to contact family members first to know about their whereabouts instead of wiring or sending money out.

San Luis Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop


On October 14, 2017, Officers from the San Luis Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at Walmart – 1613 N. Main Street, San Luis, Arizona. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in San Luis neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the streets. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time. Please contact Sergeant Marco Santana with questions: msantana@cityofsanluis.org.

October 7th is National Coffee with a Cop Day.

 

San Luis High School Lockdown


On October 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 a.m., officers from the San Luis Police Department responded to a bomb threat that was called into the San Luis High School by an unknown subject.

San Luis Police officers in collaboration with local agencies to include Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Marine Corps Bomb detection unit canines, checked all areas inside the high school for any potential threats besides establishing a perimeter in the high school property. The U.S. Border Patrol also assisted with a helicopter crew that checked the rooftop area of the high school as well as the surrounding areas of the school property for anything that looked suspicious.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the lockdown was lifted after the bomb detection canines concluded their sniffs, which turned out to be a false alarm.

At this point, the San Luis Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation in reference to the incident.

The San Luis Police Department is asking for assistance from the public with any information regarding this incident that could lead to the identification and apprehension of possible suspects.

San Luis Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop


On August 19, 2017, Officers from the San Luis Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at Triple B Gas Station – 854 N. 1st Avenue, San Luis, Arizona.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in San Luis neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the streets. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Please contact Sergeant Marco Santana with questions: msantana@cityofsanluis.org.

 October 7th is National Coffee with a Cop Day.

 

 

San Luis PD Arrest Burglary Suspects


The San Luis Police Department arrested several suspects over the weekend in connection to multiple burglaries.

On Friday evening around 8:00 PM, SLPD Officers first responded to a report of a residential burglary that had been reported at the 200 Block of Independence Street. The suspects took multiple house hold items and stole a vehicle from the residence.

A few hours later, the vehicle was located by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at the 300 block of May Avenue in Yuma. SLPD arrested 23 year old Ivan Vieyra and 33 year old Jesus Arbizo in connection with this residential burglary and theft of vehicle. Both Ivan and Jesus were booked into the Yuma County Jail on several felony charges.

Early Saturday morning, SLPD responded to a report of a residential burglary that involved three juveniles whose ages ranged from 15 to 17 years of age.  The first burglary was reported to have happened at the 1900 Block of Udall Lane. Officers responded to the 300 Block of Los Tres Hombres and then to the 1500 Block of Liberty Street regarding more burglaries. Evidence gathered at these locations were able to link the juvenile to these crimes.

SLPD Officers were able to identify the juvenile suspects based on video surveillance footage installed at one residence that had been burglarized.

SLPD Officers were able to locate two out of the three suspects and arrested them. The two juveniles arrested were booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Detention Center while the third juvenile is pending arrest.

SLPD recommends to all home and business owners to take measures to ensure that you are not a victim of burglary or theft. Business owners and home owners are encouraged to install a security system to provide added protection from thieves.

San Luis PD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect


On Tuesday afternoon at around 2:55 PM, the San Luis Police Department responded to the Little Caesar’s Pizza located at the 1200 Block of Main Street in regards to an armed robbery that was being reported.

The suspect had entered the business and pointed a weapon at the cashier. The suspect then fled on foot from the scene.

SLPD Officers were able to apprehend the suspect as he was fleeing from the scene and located him at the 300 Block of Los Oros Street. The suspect was identified as 18 year old Julian Humberto Villalobos.

SLPD was able to recover the weapon that was used as well as the money that was taken.

Julian was booked into the Yuma County Jail for Armed Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ernesto Prieto at 928-341-2020.