Our Mission: To provide a safe community where people can live, work, and thrive.
Desert Breeze’s commitment to public safety helped the City of Chandler remain one of the safest cities in the United States by maintaining a downward crime trend. This reduction in crime was possible because of the ongoing relationship of the Chandler Police Department and Chandler citizens, local businesses, and educational institutions.
The Desert Breeze Precinct enhanced its strong working relationship with the Chandler Fashion Center and surrounding businesses that make up our Retail District. Officers developed positive relationships with the business community and were a visible presence to those they serve. This dedicated patrol area afforded officers the ability to complete timely and thorough investigations in an effort to hold offenders accountable. The combination of community outreach and education contributed to a reduction in calls for service within the Retail District.
Members of the Desert Breeze precinct attended a number of faith-based community events where officers made connections and furthered relationships by meeting with community partners at synagogues, temples, churches, and other religious centers. Officers learned more about the community they serve while Chandler citizens became personally acquainted with the men and women who police their neighborhoods. Desert Breeze Precinct also participated in “Recess with a Cop” where officers visited with students at eight elementary schools. This effort was intended for officers to build relationships with grade school children through positive interactions in their school environment.
This year, Desert Breeze Precinct started a Homeless Liaison Program that brought together a variety of community partners with the mission of sharing information and resources regarding best practices in addressing homelessness in Chandler. The homeless liaison officer hosted training for each Desert Breeze patrol team to educate officers about resources available to assist them with homeless outreach efforts.
The Chandler Police Department partnered with the Neighbors application to provide a platform for police and the community to share information and address crime trends. Officers utilized the application to link a crew of burglary suspects to multiple unreported burglaries that occurred in Chandler and Tempe.
Desert Breeze Precinct officers were recognized for their commitment to the profession and the City of Chandler. Three officers received the Spotlight Award, four officers received the Life-Saving Award, one officer received Officer of the Year, and the members of Team 6 received Patrol Team of the Year.
In 2019, the Main Station Precinct worked to reduce crime and provide a safe community where Chandler citizens can live, work, and thrive. Main Station Precinct responded to nearly 60,000 call for service. Chandler crime rate was the lowest in over 30 years. This success was made possible through the Chandler Police Department’s (CPD) partnership with the community as well as intelligence-driven policing. Main Station leveraged partnerships to obtain information, identify repeat offenders, and focus policing efforts where it will make the greatest impact.
Main Station Precinct strengthened community partnerships in 2019 by focusing on individual community members and organizations including the Islamic Center of the East Valley, Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN), AZCEND, AZ Boys & Girls Club, Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and the Chandler Unified School District. Information developed from partnerships assisted CPD in prioritizing efforts. Main Station used this information to develop a monthly program that utilized CPD’s Crime Prevention Officer to identify individuals committing both narcotics and property offenses. Efforts such as this contributed to a reduction in burglaries in 2019.
Main Station was responsible for operating CPD’s Field Training Program which consists of nine full-time officers and several satellite officers. In 2019, the Field Training Program graduated 15 highly qualified officers after completion of 18 weeks of detailed training.
The Main Station Precinct’s professionalism and commitment to the community, its partners, and intelligence-driven policing helped CPD reduce crime and provide a safe city.
Chandler Heights Precinct, which encompasses about half of Chandler’s geographic area, saw an increase in population as well as an increase in demand for service in 2019. Chandler Heights’ focus continued to be strengthening community partnerships along with providing exceptional customer service through outreach, education, and proactive patrol measures.
Members of Chandler Heights made significant contributions in 2019 which resulted in these accomplishments:
Throughout 2019, the Fleet Unit was responsible for managing the entire fleet for the Chandler Police Department (CPD). This year, CPD had over 320 vehicles including one of the most technologically advanced patrol fleets in Arizona. With a staff of three, the Fleet Unit responsibilities included: maintaining existing vehicles, incorporating new patrol vehicle technology, determining vehicles’ end-of-life cycle, and purchasing replacement vehicles.
Additionally, the Fleet Unit identified and replaced an aging fleet. During 2019, 28 vehicles were replaced and an additional six vehicles were added to the fleet. The unit researched and identified 35 purchases. As part of these purchases, CPD will be implementing the first hybrid patrol vehicles, nine of which will be the new Ford Hybrid Police Interceptors. These vehicles will reduce fuel consumption and decrease carbon dioxide emissions.