Commander Upshaw traded in his seat in an Air Force jet to join the Chandler Police Department over twenty-eight years ago. He has been a Commander for nine years and held assignments in Criminal Investigations as well as acted as the Field Operations Commander for the Main Station, Chandler Heights, and Desert Breeze Precincts.
Commander Upshaw has attended numerous police investigative and management related seminars to include the Leading Educating and Developing Seminar (LEADS) held at the University of Virginia and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. He is a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Commander School, the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, and is a certified instructor with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards Training Board (AZPOST) for Defensive Tactics, High Risk Stops and Impact Weapons. Commander Upshaw is also a graduate of the Arizona Leadership Program taught by AZPOST.
In 2010, Commander Upshaw received the Chandler Police Department Community Service Award and, in 2011, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Jim Snedigar Award. He has been published in Police Chiefs magazine on Preventing Abuse and Violence through Education. Commander Upshaw has also participated in National Public Radio segments and public service announcements alongside ICAN founder, Henry Salinas.
Commander Upshaw is the past Chairman on the Board of directors for ICAN and one of its founding Board Members. He is very active in the community, serving as an Executive Board member for ICAN, the Chandler Kiwanis Club and Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Commander Upshaw’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University.