The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is involved in a number of outreach efforts to protect and strengthen our local communities. Some of these community programs include Shred-A-Thons, Prescription Drug Turn-In, Citizen Safety Forums and the Citizens’ Academy.
Identity theft is a top 5 crime in America and the best way to protect yourself from becoming a victim is to regularly destroy documents that contain your personal or sensitive financial information. Your County Attorney provides several free shred-a-thons for Maricopa County residents each year. Arizona has gone from being the worst state in the country for ID Theft to ranking 14 after 2015.
Your County Attorney, Bill Montgomery, helps fight prescription drug abuse by accepting expired or unneeded medications at one of our Prescription Drug Turn-in events. Efforts to reduce the availability of unused prescriptions are also part of our strategy to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse.
Bill Montgomery uses experts within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement partners to provide free crime prevention classes to the public and community groups twice a year. People can also get updates on issues affecting county government and ask questions of the County Attorney.
Bill Montgomery started the Citizens Academy a few years ago and it has quickly become one of the most popular community programs provided by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. This daylong program offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a criminal case is prepared for trial, from investigation and arrest to prosecution and sentencing. Participants have the opportunity to tour the county jail, sit in on courtroom proceedings, see how trial exhibits are prepared and review and charge a mock case. This program was given the 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) as an innovative, effective county government program that enhances services for residents.