By TARA ALATORRE
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the community of Anthem had a public grand opening for its substation at the Anthem Civic Building on December 8, that included a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the station and officially open it to the public.
Maricopa County Sheriff, Paul Penzone, and Anthem Community Council’s (ACC) Executive Director, Neal Shearer, both spoke at the grand opening ceremony that featured refreshments and live music from the band 76th Street.
ACC’s executive staff and members of the board, Daisy Mountain Fire District, Phoenix Police, MCSO North Valley Posse and the Anthem Neighborhood Watch were also present for the grand opening.
“We look forward to the Anthem substation being open to the public, and for the opportunity to build on our longstanding partnership with MCSO,” Anthem’s CEO Shearer stated in a press release. “The public safety services provided by MCSO are vitally important to Anthem and to all unincorporated areas in the North Valley.”
Although the MCSO substation was established in Anthem in 1999, the grand opening was intended to strengthen the partnership between MCSO and Anthem, as well as the budding surrounding unincorporated communities.
The New River area has seen a lot of growth in the last few years with several new housing developments being constructed.
The increasing population in the mostly rural community has caused concern among some residents regarding safety and crime issues. In fact recently, Phoenix Police reported that they were looking for multiple suspects connected to a string of car break-ins that happened over Thanksgiving in the Tramonto area.
“Our relationship to our community is vital to our public safety mission. This substation will facilitate even more chances for us to interact with those that we are committed to serving,” Sheriff Penzone stated in a press release. “I want to thank our supervisors and deputies for their dedication to this mission and Anthem’s leaders for their assistance in making this day happen.”
The substation lobby will now be open to the public for community members to have the opportunity to interact with the local MCSO staff. The lobby’s hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.