Assistant Chief Walters has been in law enforcement for 24 years. He started his career as a Detention Officer with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. After successfully testing to become a Deputy, Assistant Chief Walters was assigned to the Page Substation and worked patrol and as a Boat Patrol Officer on Lake Powell until he was hired by the Chandler Police Department in 1995.
Assistant Chief Walters began his Chandler Police career as a Patrol Officer and was later selected to be a Field Training Officer. In 1996 Assistant Chief Walters was selected as a Narcotics Detective. For the next two years he worked undercover assignments both with Chandler Detectives and with a State Task Force. In 1999 Assistant Chief Walters was transferred to the Professional Standards Unit where he was assigned as the Internal Affairs Investigator for the Police Department.
Assistant Chief Walters was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and supervised a patrol team until 2001 when he was reassigned to detectives as the Narcotics Unit Sergeant. Over the next six and a half years Assistant Chief Walters and his team worked major conspiracy cases locally and across the country. He and his team seized thousands of pounds of illicit drugs and millions of dollars in drug proceeds.
In 2007 Assistant Chief Walters was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a Shift Commander. He helped open the Chandler Heights Precinct and was also the Lieutenant over the K9 Unit. In 2008 Assistant Chief Walters was moved into the Community Resources Section and oversaw Training, the Firearms Range, Crime Prevention, DARE, Volunteer Programs, and the School Resource Officers. In addition, he was selected to be the Support Commander for the Special Assignment Unit (SAU).
In 2010 Assistant Chief Walters promoted to Commander and was assigned to the Main Station Precinct. His assignments included Patrol Budget, six patrol teams, Bike Team, Special Events, patrol administrative personnel, Quartermaster, Fleet, Detention Operations, and SAU Commander. In July of 2013 Assistant Chief Walters was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. In October of 2016 promoted to Assistant Chief and in November of 2017 he was assigned to oversees the Professional Services Division, which includes the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Operational Support Bureau, Communications Section , Records/ Property & Evidence Section and our Crime Laboratory.
Throughout his career Assistant Chief Walters has been actively involved in training both law enforcement and community members in a variety of subjects including basic investigation techniques, surveillance, firearms, supervision, leadership, ethics, narcotics recognition, and active shooter response. He has worked with departmental members and police applicants for over eight years as a mentor and continually dedicates his time to various community events, programs, and organizations.