The Tri-Star Program is a partnership between the Marana Police Department, apartment community managers/owners and residents, working together in a cooperative effort to foster a safer community.

The Tri-Star Program is designed to help residents, owners and managers of rental communities keep drugs and other illegal activity away. By taking proactive steps to abate crime, you enhance the quality of life for tenants, making a safer and more pleasant environment to live, work and raise families.

Participating in the Tri-Star Program does not imply there is no crime on the community; it means communities are taking steps to deter crime and have consequences when tenants are involved in illegal activity in and around the community.

How the Program Works

The program utilizes a unique three-part approach to crime prevention, designed specifically for apartment complexes.

Level One

The first phase is a multi-faceted approach that offers community manager training. This course will cover requirements of the program, tools to combat illegal activity on the community, crime prevention and much more. The manager certification will be good for a period of three years.

The second phase of Level one is to implement steps in deterring illegal activity by utilizing the following required tools:

Level One Benefits

  • Managers receive certificate of achievement for completing training.
  • Community will be listed on the Marana Police Department Web site as Level One participant.
  • Use of Tri-Star logo.




The maintenance supervisor is required to complete the training program.

The community must meet the landscaping requirements of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), which improves visibility and lighting in the community.

Establish a method of communication with tenants, either by e-mail, newsletter, flyer or Web site at least once per quarter.

Level Two Benefits

  • Level Two certificate for community.
  • Staff will receive certificate of achievement upon completion of training.
  • Police calls for service by e-mail weekly.
  • Preliminary CPTED evaluation.
  • Community will be listed on the Marana Police Department Web site as Level Two participant.


Level Three

In this level, properties must meet the requirements of CPTED -- security and lighting. This is the last level required for a community to become fully certified in the Tri-Star Program.

Level Three Benefits

  • Level Three (fully certified) certificate.
  • Police calls for service by e-mail weekly.
  • Community will be listed on the Marana Police Department Web site as a fully certified community.
  • Use of Tri-Star signs on community -- Must be purchased by community. (optional)



Costs of Criminal Activity

When criminals operate out of a rental community, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay the price. That price may include:

Decline in community value.
Community damage from neglect or abuse.
Increase risk of civil liability.
Added fear of respectable tenants.
Valued tenants move due to crime.
Loss of rental income due to eviction or community repair.


Improved community values.
A stable tenant base.
Improved community reputation.
Lower maintenance costs.
More secure rental units.
Safer exterior environment.
Reduced premise liability.

For more information on the Tri-Star program or if you would like to get your community started, please contact your Marana Police Community Resource Unit. 

Tri-Star Program Training/Testing

This information must be reviewed prior to taking the certification test. If you are having trouble opening or printing these documents, 'right click' on the title and save to your hard drive. Try again from the saved document.

Required for testing

You may also download the CPTED training in 4 sections:

  1. CPTED Training page 1-16
  2. CPTED Training page 17-33
  3. CPTED Training page 34-50
  4. CPTED Training page 51-69

Additional Documents

Tri-Star Testing

You must register with the Marana Police Community Resource Unit in order to have a user name and password set up for you to take this test.

User name and password are only good for 30 days. Please do not request this information until you are ready to take the test. If you have not taken the test within the 30 day period, your information will expire and you will have to contact the Community Resource Unit to request that they be reset.

Please make sure you have studied the required documents prior to taking the test and download the testing information handout.

After you have requested your log in information through the Community Resource Unit, you will generally receive it within 2 business days. If you have not received anything within that time period, please contact us again.

You will receive instructions on taking the test with your user name and password.

 Required for the Marana Tri-Star Program: 

  • The Management/CPTED test consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. Once you have taken the test, you will know your results and your results will be e-mailed to the Community Resource Unit.