Sheriff’s office to hold meeting May 21 about crime-prevention efforts in Queen Creek

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Following a homicide in the Queen Creek Town Center last week, representatives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road.

Queen Creek residents and businesses are invited to attend this free meeting to learn more about the policing and investigative techniques used by MCSO to keep the community safe, and tips to protect themselves and their property, according to a press release.

On May 12, Lindsay Esparza,  28, died of stab wounds she received while at 20830 E. Pickett St., near Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads. Cesar Julian Hernandez Enriquez, 27, of Gilbert, was killed during an officer-related shooting with Mesa police that took place at 10:15 that evening in the 300 block of South Pioneer in Mesa. Mesa police believe Mr. Enriquez was involved in the stabbing.

“Queen Creek has a very low crime rate,” MCSO Capt. Randy Brice said in the release. “We know the homicide last week caused concern in the community, and we want to make sure residents know how to protect themselves. Our deputies use modern policing techniques to ensure Queen Creek’s safety, and this meeting will provide residents with insight into how those methods work, and how they can help prevent crime in their own neighborhoods.”

After a presentation by MCSO representatives, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet local deputies.

MCSO serves as Queen Creek’s contracted law enforcement agency, with the contract including all of the deputies and personnel in MCSO’s District 6, as well as the sheriff’s SWAT personnel, K9s, detectives and other specialized law enforcement resources.

To keep up-to-date on town events and activities, visit the town’s website.

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