Our Mission: To provide a safe community where people can live, work, and thrive.
2018 has been another remarkable year for the Desert Breeze Precinct. Employees have much to be proud of and many accomplishments, both individually and as a precinct, worthy of celebration. Over the course of the year, the precinct continued its focus on customer service meant to improve the overall quality of life for community members. Additionally, employees concentrated on others areas including crime prevention efforts, program development, relationship building, and employee recognition.
Desert Breeze Precinct is full of people, sworn and civilian alike, who have dedicated their lives to the service of this community through their crime prevention efforts. They work diligently to that end on a daily basis. These people include patrol officers and sergeants, a Crime Prevention Officer, a Police Investigative Specialist, and Administrative Specialists, all working towards the same goal. Over the past year, patrol officers logged hundreds of hours in a directed enforcement capacity, which is intended to reduce crime through the use of intelligence and the identification of crime trends. The end result of these efforts has led to hundreds of traffic stops, dozens of arrests, and countless community contacts, all of which has had a positive impact on quality of life for community members.
Enhancements to crime prevention were made through the work of the Desert Breeze Crime Prevention Officer, Ofc. Dan Chavarria. Through the Department’s Senior Lockbox program, Officer Chavarria established many positive contacts with community members who are potentially vulnerable to targeted crime and health risks. Also, employees continued to work with high-density housing locations to mitigate crime through the administration of the Department’s crime-free multi-housing (C3) program. Not only have these programs helped to suppress crime and foster positive relationships with Chandler citizens, but they have also garnered considerable praise from citizens throughout the year. Other events in which the Precinct members participated included quarterly “Coffee (or Froyo) with a Cop” events, the annual GAIN (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) event, the “Lock it or Lose It” campaign, the Firehouse Subs Water Drive, and the Dutch Bros. Coffee fundraiser designed to support the Department’s K9 Unit. One of the more popular events was the “It’s Hotter than You Think” heat awareness campaign which was done in August at the Chandler Fashion Center Mall.
In addition to the efforts stated above, Precinct members have fostered very specific relationships with organizations within the area they serve. Examples of this include:
The success of the Chandler Police Department and that of the Desert Breeze Precinct is tied directly to the staff and is proportionate to their dedication to the Department’s mission and service to the community. Although it can be difficult to quantify success or to single out the individuals responsible for it, the Precinct recognized a number of its employees for their efforts over the past year. Often times, this recognition comes from outside the police department itself which is especially rewarding. For example, a young lady came in during the year and asked to meet and thank the officers who she credited with saving her life. She went on to explain that her interaction with these officers, during a very dark period of her life, was so meaningful that it allowed her to overcome her addiction and later give birth to a healthy and happy little boy. Finally, this year, five Desert Breeze Precinct officers were awarded the Life-Saving Award and another three officers were issued Employee of the Quarter awards. Each of these officers has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to their profession, their agency, and their community.
Main Precinct personnel achieved a number of accomplishments in 2018. They were and continue to be actively involved with the community in a variety of ways. Many Chandler police personnel are involved with charities and community events to benefit various groups and organizations such as Special Olympics, the 100 Club, charities that support our Schools, homeless outreach programs, church groups, the senior center and ICAN to name a few. This engagement allows for officers to be involved with the community at a whole new level, maintaining the strong level of trust that the Department has in Chandler.
Partnerships were strengthened with the community through various outreach efforts, by members of the Department to include faith based groups, businesses, multi-family facilities, senior citizen care facilities, civic organizations, community outreach programs and HOAs. Many of these collaborative efforts were coordinated to resolve identified quality of life issues. Officers sought out community partnerships to solve chronic problems related to crime, nuisance, and livability issues. Officers focused on connecting with the public by getting out of their cars to talk with citizens and conducting many frequent patrols in the Precinct’s business districts, seeking opportunities to make a positive impact. Many of these moments resulted in “Moments of Truth” where relationships of trust were strengthened.
Officers supported community outreach efforts in the Main Precinct by attending community meetings, Home Owner Association (HOA) meetings, Mayor’s Listening Tours, Low Rider Trunk or Treat, Boys & Girls Club activities, ICAN activities, the GAIN event, Adopt a Cop, Coffee with a Cop, and Pizza with the Police. Team 8 continued their community outreach with the Lunch with a Cop program. They have attended lunch sessions with the elementary schools in their precinct throughout the year, making thousands of positive contacts through a safe environment. The kids and teachers continually look forward to the light-hearted interactions, which build a foundation with the youth of the community for years to come.
In furtherance of the Department’s CompStat objectives, the patrol teams conducted directed enforcement and special details throughout the year in an effort to drive down crime and address quality of life concerns. Officers and assets were deployed to strategic locations based on intelligence led data in efforts to reduced crime and calls for service (CFS) in identified areas with great success.
Night shift officers worked dozens of hours this year on directed enforcement activities, having a significant impact on precinct crime reduction, intelligence gathering and identifying crime trends. Officers conducted hundreds of on-view CFS resulting in a positive impact on the community.
Throughout the year night shift officers played a major role in the significant reduction of homeless and severe mental ill subjects living on the streets of Chandler. This was accomplished by applying strict law enforcement techniques when required and giving guidance towards City and County assistance programs to housing and shelters.
The Main Precinct is home to the Department’s “Field Training Officer” Program. Setting a strong foundation for officer’s careers is paramount to the success of the mission and future of the Department. For 2018, 32 new officers went through the program. In addition, two officer reorientations were completed for sworn officers returning to patrol from specialty assignments. Four newly promoted sergeants and two newly promoted lieutenants went through the supervisory training programs as well.
In 2018, the Chandler Police Department received the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Crime Prevention Award for its innovative “Guardian Academy” program. Crime Prevention Officer Tina Balsewicz attended the IACP conference in Florida in October to acept the award.
The focus for the personnel at the Chandler Heights Precinct continues to be the strengthening of partnerships with the community and provision of exceptional customer service. Some key components towards meeting this focus in 2018 included education, community outreach, and pro-active patrol measures. As one travels throughout south Chandler, it is clear that there is an influx of new businesses and residential construction. There has also been a steady increase in the population, which is expected to continue over the next few years. This creates new challenges that personnel at this Precinct embrace.
The following is a list of some of the significant contributions that were made by the men and women of the Chandler Heights Precinct – whose passion and commitment made these possible:
In 2018, Fleet continued to work closely with members of the Department’s Vehicle, Equipment and Uniform committee on suggestions brought forward. Unit members continually strive to improve working conditions within the vehicle and make the vehicles as safe as possible.
Accomplishments for 2018 are as follows: