An independent investigation found that the former Somerton police chief brought discredit to the department by allowing the use of city police cars for off-duty travel to the Phoenix area, city officials announced.

City of Somerton

UPDATE MARCH 28: Joseph Turitto has resigned his post as Somerton police chief.

The Yuma Sun reports Turitto stepped down Thursday and his resignation is effective immediately.

Somerton City Manager Ian McGaughey said Turitto cited personal reasons for his resignation.

Somerton police Lt. Araceli Juarez will serve as acting chief while a search begins for a new chief as soon as Monday.

Turitto’s resignation comes as state transportation officials investigate anonymous allegations that Somerton police officers used department vehicles to drive to the Phoenix area where they had side jobs as security guards at various events.


Somerton's interim Police Chief Joseph Turitto has earned the job on a permanent basis.

Stephanie Sanchez

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As scientists try to develop a reliable DUI test for marijuana, KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez went on a ride along with two local law enforcement agencies who say they just rely on the tools they have. 

911 Service In Mexico Proving Useful

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Stephanie Sanchez

It’s been nearly a year since Mexico changed its emergency number to 911 like in the U.S.

Officials say the transition has been fairly easy for cities along the U.S. Mexico border, KAWC’S Stephanie Sanchez reports.

AWC Police Talk Safety In Case Of Major Security Threat

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Stephanie Sanchez

The ongoing threat of an active shooter can happen anywhere and on any college campus. It’s a terrifying situation that is impossible to predict.

Police officers at Arizona Western College say regular training and preparedness is the best offense for any major campus safety incident.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez speaks with AWC’ police Officer Gregory Fell about AWC campus safety.