Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: From left, Safford officers Cota and Knight chat with SPD Chief Glen Orr after enjoying the meal.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – The synergistic relationship the Graham County Attorney’s Office has with local law enforcement is essential for the effectiveness of both groups for one is not most effective without the other.
It comes as no surprise that there were smiles abound in the basement of the Graham County Courthouse on Thursday, as the Graham County Attorney’s Office hosted its 3rd annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon.
The come-and-go affair was attended throughout the afternoon, with a spread featuring home-cooked favorites.
“The biggest thing we want to do is thank the officers for what they do for us here at the County Attorney’s Office,” said Graham County Attorney L. Scott Bennett. “They’re the ones (who) put the cases together. We present the evidence that they find and prosecute their cases, so we really couldn’t do anything without the help of law enforcement.”
Representatives of the Sheriff’s Office and jail were on hand, as well as those from the Pima, Thatcher, and Safford Police departments, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Graham County Probation, and others.
The luncheon was a volunteer effort made possible by the work of those in the Attorney’s Office and Graham County Probation, as well as others and donations from businesses such as Walmart.
“This is being done at little to no taxpayer expense,” Bennett said. “That’s why we were able to do this event and say thank you.”