Our Mission: To provide a safe community where people can live, work, and thrive.
During 2016, the men and women of the Desert Breeze Precinct focused on reducing crime, providing effective police services and strengthening partnerships within the community. A Crime Suppression Team was assembled for the purpose of identifying crime trends within the precinct, disseminating timely information to beat officers and sergeants, and collaboratively formulating plans that comprehensively addressed issues. Direct communication with the community was enhanced through directed emails to local Home Owners Associations, Block Watches, faith-based institutions and small businesses.
The Desert Breeze Precinct worked to strengthen of partnerships with large scale employers such as AirProducts, Intel and Macerich. Tours were arranged to familiarize officers to key aspects of facilities within their beats. The insight and knowledge gained will enhance the effectiveness of an emergency response in the event of a critical incident. Joint training was conducted within these facilities to develop first-response familiarization with their personnel.
During 2016, community outreach by the Precinct was exceptional. Officers regularly held community meetings, participated in school lunch visits, supported community events and hosted “Coffee with a Cop” programs. One breakthrough event – “Pokemon Go” – was hosted in Desert Breeze Park and led to several hundred kids and adults interacting with police officers in a fun and relaxed environment. Additionally, precinct officers organized a mental health event titled “A Focus on Understanding and Hope.” This event accommodated 600 attendees who networked and experienced enlightening presentations covering mental illness, suicide, and addiction.
Representatives from the Precinct attended a Town Hall discussion hosted by Intel. This event provided an opportunity for community members to ask questions about police use-of-force, bias-based policing, and police officer selection and training. The event reinforced the Department’s commitment to professionalism and its continued goal to serve the community with dedication and compassion.
This year, community outreach was a top priority for Main Precinct’s Field Operations Section. One such endeavor was the introduction of the “Lunch with a Cop” program at local elementary schools. Each month, a Chandler school was selected. Several officers visited the selected school to eat lunch and interact with the children in the cafeteria. This program has been deemed a success as students, officers, and school staff provided very positive feedback about the experiences.
The Main Station Commander partnered with the City’s Downtown Development Manager and several other City directors and department heads to create a “Downtown Quality of Life and Safety Committee.” This committee is intended to generate ideas to change the perceptions of crime and create a safe environment for Chandler’s downtown entertainment district. The committee successfully launched numerous promotions including the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. The committee was also able to fund a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) study. The intent of the study is to identify physical changes that can be made to the downtown district in order to make it safer for patrons. The study was completed at the end of 2016, and results are expected in early 2017.
Also in 2016, the Main Precinct launched the “Guardian Academy.” This academy is this first of its kind and is intended for parents and caregivers of teen-aged children. The classes taught about a number of relevant topics, including internet safety, human trafficking, and drug, alcohol and gang awareness. The first academy was well received, with more being planned for the future.
The predominate focus for the personnel assigned to the Chandler Heights Precinct this past year was to strengthen partnerships with the community, and provide exceptional customer service. Other key components 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 also has been a steady increase in the population, which will continue over the next few years. This creates new challenges that personnel at the Chandler Heights 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:
Another unit that calls the Chandler Heights Precinct home is the Department’s Canine Unit. This Unit continues to be one of the Department’s most valuable resources when it comes to community outreach.
In 2016, team members participated in 3 to 4 public demonstrations each month. These events are always well-liked by community members as it gives them a chance to learn about a valuable police asset and to interact with the Department’s service dogs. This is especially popular with kids. During these events, members of this unit represent the agency with a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm for their work. The Department could not ask for more qualified and dedicated emissaries of community policing. The following are a few of the events they participated in this year:
This is only a small sampling of the events that the Unit participated in this year, but it gives an idea of the level of dedication of the team members. Other things this unit has done in furtherance of the Department’s overall mission include: two media interviews – one from a local magazine publication and the other with a local television news outlet; the donation of one of the Department’s single purpose dogs to the Department of Corrections – which helped to further proactive support of inter-agency cooperation; and lastly, participation in the 2nd Annual East Valley K-9 Trials.