Downtown Ambassadors, known to many Tucsonans as the Purple People, provide security and maintenance in Downtown.
The Security Ambassadors, DPS License No. 1003550, are a constant presence and act as a strong visual deterrent to criminal behavior.
Security guards are able to accompany Downtown employees to their vehicles, report graffiti for removal and works with the Tucson Police Department to coordinate efforts in Downtown. DTP Security Ambassadors have played major roles in the safety of Downtown. Guards have removed a stalled car off of the train tracks and saved lives of numerous members of the public. DTP guards go above and beyond the call of duty everyday in Downtown.
The Maintenance Ambassadors take care of landscaping and help to keep Downtown looking it’s best. The maintenance crews perform daily litter removal, trash pickup, recycling pickup, and graffiti removal.
Regular power washing is a high priority for the Partnership. It keeps the sidewalks sparkling by removing gum, spilled drinks, paint and other substances. The Maintenance Ambassadors power wash high traffic areas each night (Congress, Broadway, Scott) as well as the outlying areas and tunnels on a rotating schedule. You can follow the power washing with this schedule (pdf). If a Downtown business or merchant has a request for power washing within the Business Improvement District (BID), please contact Maintenance Manager Russ Stone. Requests will be taken care of within 48 hours. Due to construction, the Partnership has revised their power washing schedule which you can follow with this updated schedule
We continually plant an assortment of cacti and Southern Arizona native plants. If any business or merchant is interested in maintaining or planting please contact the Partnership.The Partnership maintains the planters that are placed on almost every corner Downtown, you can find all DTP maintained planters with this map.
Maintenance removes graffiti and illegal handbills on a daily basis. Within the past two years, the Partnership has removed thousands of pieces of graffiti and maintains a goal to have graffiti removed within 24 hours. The Partnership began tracking graffiti in January 2012. The tracking includes the date, location name and address, utility structure color, amount of time to clean, whether it was cleaned by DTP or uploaded to Graffiti Protective Coatings for removal, and if it was a curb repair/painting. Employees are trained and knowledgeable about removal techniques and products.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership began painting curbs in 2012 and currently paints curbs 3 days a week. Painting curbs is an invaluable service that assists the public with direction and parking in specified areas.
Pennington Street Before and After DTP Curb Painting
“Over the last year, I have spoken to and thanked several of your crew members for their hard work. Colleen responded with a card from the Downtown Tucson Partnership office. Colleen works hard, with a smile for everyone. Keeping the sidewalks clean is a big challenge, and with the never-ending construction, it is much harder. Colleen is a great representative for Downtown Tucson Partnership. Thank you for assigning her to Congress Street where I could have the pleasure of interacting ever so briefly with her. For me, on those particular days, being in her “sphere of influence” was important. She helped me more than she knows. Congratulations on having Colleen on your team.” – Louise, a Downtown Businesses Owner
View our abandoned bicycle procedure (pdf).
Security Ambassadors may be reached at (520) 940-1038
Maintenance Ambassadors may be reached at (520) 940-0806