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The Chandler Police Department (CPD) Bike Team continued to adapt to the dynamic needs of Chandler’s developing downtown entertainment district and achieved its goals to target street-level crime, educate citizens, and participate in community events.
In 2019, the bike team:
The Bike Team worked with patrol officers to identify areas for neighborhood improvement. The team contributed in developing and carrying out action plans that resolved community issues through the use of directed patrol activities. Many Bike Team members participated in other departmental duties including SWAT, Honor Guard, Field Training, and range instruction. The Bike Team supported the Criminal Investigations Bureau in numerous functions such as criminal apprehension and intelligence gathering.
Outside of enforcement, the Bike Team played an active role in the community, attending numerous events throughout the year. Below are just some of the City of Chandler events the Bike Team participated in:
In 2019, the Canine Unit handled over 330 requests for assistance for the Chandler Police Department (CPD) as well as other agencies. These requests consisted of patrol related deployments and narcotic and explosive detection. Additionally, the unit supported CPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) activities by assisting with containment and apprehension, providing support on high risk traffic stops, conducting area searches for suspects and evidence, executing building searches and search warrants, and promoting canine deterrence.
Some of the Canine Unit’s activity highlights included:
Outside of regular duties, canine officers took over 130 general offense reports, initiated more than 400 traffic stops, and performed over 3,000 self-initiated activities including business checks, frequent patrols, and foot patrols.
The Canine Unit provided demonstrations for many groups and events including the Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (GAIN) events, the CPD Citizens Academy, Youth Academies, and Cadets, the Chandler Unified School District, the Boy Scouts of America, the Chandler Woofstock Festival, and the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association. In addition, members of the unit participated in the certification of police dogs from agencies throughout Arizona.
The Canine Unit maintained a special relationship with Chandler citizens through community involvement and education. Residents and organizations demonstrated support for the department’s four-legged partners by making donations that were used for kennel renovations and equipment.
In 2019, the Community Resources Unit was composed of the Police Cadets, Park Rangers, Housing Unit, and the Police Reserve Program. Community Resources Units were responsible for many CPD programs including the department’s Citizens and Youth Academies, the Citizens Police Academy Association of Chandler (CPAAC), the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), and the “Return Me Safe” Program. The unit is also tasked with oversight of several city and department sponsored events such as Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (GAIN), Safety and Veteran’s Expo (SAVE), and the annual Public Safety Day Open House.
Accomplishments for the Community Resources Unit in 2019 included:
The Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU) is a small unit, with a heavy and diverse workload. CAU is relied upon and trusted by the department whenever a criminal needs to be located and arrested. Much of CAU’s success came from developing and maintaining partnerships that enable the unit to network throughout the Phoenix valley, tap into apprehension and intelligence resources, and facilitate arrests across jurisdictions.
In 2019, the CAU made 203 felony arrests, 37 misdemeanor arrests, and cleared 279 arrest warrants. Additionally, CAU completed 26 felony cases, stemming primarily from narcotics arrests from unrelated casework. CAU members also assisted patrol on 33 occasions, participated in 44 search warrants, and were called out by the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) 16 times.
Some of CAU’s valuable partnerships included:
In conjunction with these partnerships, CAU continued to participate in annual warrant sweeps, including the U.S. Marshal’s “Operation Grinch Stopper,” “Operation Justice,” “Operation GRIT,” and the Maricopa County domestic violence warrant sweep.
In order to ensure preparedness for high-risk operations, CAU team members were also members of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). Here, team members received training, developed partnerships, and enhanced investigative skills that allowed CAU to excel.
In 2019, two CAU members were recognized by CPD with employee of the quarter awards as well as an employee of the year nomination.
The Detention Services Unit (DSU) continued to provide excellent customer service to the Chandler Police Department (CPD) in 2019. The Gilbert Chandler Unified Holding Facility (GCUHF) continued to provide cost avoidance for the department of over $849,000 in booking fees. DSU processed 7,925 detainees; 3,730 of the detainees were processed by Chandler Police Department and housed in GCUHF; and 2,321 of the detainees were held and processed on Chandler warrants and charges or were county inmates due in Chandler court.
DSU formulated new procedures in conjunction with the new City Court Magistrate, identified and published critical needs of patrol as it relates to arrest bookings to better communicate acceptance criteria, stayed informed on legal rulings and procedural intake challenges, and maintained relationships with our partners in the Phoenix Metro area.
Accomplishments for the unit included:
In 2019, the Firearms Training Unit (FTU) conducted rifle and pistol qualifications, taught over 600 hours of firearms instruction, and established a course of action on the use of force simulator for sworn personnel.
With a staff of three, FTU collaborated with instructors across many disciplines to fulfill Chandler Police Department’s (CPD) training needs. The unit conducted qualifications of primary handguns, back-up and off-duty weapons, rifles, and 40mm less lethal weapons. FTU also handled all annual firearms inspections, proficiency training and decision making scenarios, and new officer training.
Some of the Firearms Training Unit’s activity highlights included:
2019 was a busy and productive year for the Firearms Training Unit as it provided progressive training and excellent customer service to the employees and citizens of Chandler.
In 2019, the Housing Unit conducted 1,958 background investigations on city housing applicants. The housing specialist made 2,542 site visits and assisted city housing personnel with contacts and court-ordered evictions. The Housing Unit worked closely with the Criminal Investigations Bureau on cases that occurred on city housing property. The unit also administered the “Section 8” Housing Program by inspecting over 480 housing units in the City of Chandler.
Park rangers conducted nearly 9,300 park visits and 724 police assists throughout 2019. Rangers averaged over 1,800 hours of foot patrol and completed 140 general offense reports. Park rangers responded to various locations such as the Chandler Public Libraries, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Sports Complex, and the city’s skate and bike parks. Park rangers provided assistance to patrol officers with traffic control, missing persons, suspicious activity, and vehicle lockouts. Park rangers proved to be an excellent resource for the Chandler Police Department and have made a significant impact in handling incidents occurring at our city parks and recreational facilities.
In 2019, the Chandler Police Cadets completed approximately 3,000 hours of community service for the Chandler Police Department (CPD) and the citizens of Chandler. Additionally, cadets attended meetings, training, and ride-alongs. In total, the program completed over 7,000 hours assisting CPD.
The cadets were involved in notable community events including:
The Chandler Cadets also trained and competed in several competitions including:
In 2019, the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit consisted of nine officers who serve as School Resource Officers for the Chandler, Kyrene, and Mesa Public School Districts throughout the entire school year.
School Emergency Response Team (SERT):
In conjunction with the Chandler Fire Department, SROs taught six School Emergency Response Team (SERT) classes to Kyrene and Chandler School administrators that included instruction on important school safety topics. The School Resource Unit was also involved in lock down and evacuation drills at elementary school campuses and provided security for school athletic and social events.
Wilderness Youth Experience:
The unit completed three Wilderness Youth Program trips. During this program, SROs provided in-class instruction and practical outdoors experience to at-risk youth while backpacking near Flagstaff, Ariz. This program focused on team building, cultural diversity, decision making, leadership, and communication skills.
The unit also organized the Chandler Police Department (CPD) Youth Academies for students on school break. Students were introduced to the functions of CPD and participated in activities that helped students identify positive contributions they can make to their schools, their homes, and their community.
The unit was heavily involved in many other community events and activities such as the “Stand Up, Save a Life” event, the NAACP School Safety Panel, the Andersen Elementary soccer team, and the Kyrene Del Pueblo track team. Throughout the year, SROs participated in the Backpack event, the Shop with a Cop event, and the Chill with a Cop event. Each of these events provided an opportunity for the team to connect with students, parents, and the community while providing school resources, Christmas gifts, and positive interaction with law enforcement.
School Resource Officer Unit team members attended the state and national conferences and gained valuable knowledge and materials to benefit the CPD, Chandler schools, and the community.
In 2019, the Chandler Police Department (CPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team was comprised of four components: the tactical Operations Team, the Technical Support Team, the Crisis Negotiations Team, and the Logistical Support Team. Each of these teams supported SWAT’s mission to provide a resolution-based, systematic approach to saving lives in accordance with the priorities of life. SWAT resolved critical incidents involving any threat to public safety which exceeded the capabilities of traditional law enforcement duties.
Notable accomplishments for SWAT in 2019 included:
The SWAT Team’s unwavering dedication to serving the community was evident in 2019 and will continue in the coming year as opportunities for development and deployment are presented.
Throughout the year, the Traffic Enforcement unit was responsible for City of Chandler traffic law enforcement. The unit conducted enforcement in areas of high traffic volume as well as high-collision intersections. Motorcycle officers conducted frequent patrols of schools, shopping areas, and the downtown district and responded to neighborhood concerns using education, enforcement, and social media. The day shift traffic unit made 7,745 traffic stops, wrote 5,930 citations, and made 90 DUI arrests in 2019.
The Traffic Unit promoted traffic safety by conducting motorcycle training for 99 non-police riders and distracted and impaired driving classes in high schools, colleges, and public forums. The unit participated in KPHO Channel 5’s Caught Misbehaving in which officers enforced speed and passing laws in school zones and high collision areas. The unit also met with principals from several schools to develop a solution for more efficient traffic flow and to stop illegal parking. The Traffic Unit managed the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor School at the new Chandler Public Safety Training Center where four nighttime DUI traffic team officers were certified as HGN instructors.
Chandler Police Department, Streets and Transportation, and the City Manager’s Office staff addressed an increase in pedestrian fatalities by ensuring the proper traffic safety measures are in place. This included data analysis and directed enforcement, partnerships that enhance information sharing, High-Intensity Activated CrossWalks (HAWKs), pedestrian safety education, and hotspot policing.
Vehicular Crimes Unit
The Vehicular Crimes Unit (VCU) investigated vehicle collisions involving serious injury or death, hit-and-run collisions, and Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) cases. VCU responded to 37 call-outs including 13 fatal crashes and 3 CIB assists. Fifty percent of all VCU cases were criminally charged. The unit was also responsible for the photo enforcement program, tow contracts and audits, the traffic messaging board, vehicle Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) downloads, impound hearings, National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBN) duties, and the phlebotomy program.
VCU community education in 2019 included:
DUI Enforcement Unit
The DUI Enforcement Unit made 63% of all CPD DUI arrests in 2019 in an effort to reduce alcohol-related collisions and remove impaired drivers from Chandler roadways. The DUI Van mobile phlebotomy platform facilitated efficiency and expedited DUI processing.
In 2019 the DUI Enforcement Unit:
In response to the Chandler Police Department (CPD) Training Needs Assessment, the Training Unit offered additional elective courses focused on improving mandatory Advanced Officer Training (AOT) and incorporating more realistic training. The unit incorporated reality-based concepts, philosophies, tactics, and scenario training rooted in research and taught by experienced and credible instructors.
A more formal style of briefing trainings was implemented as a way to connect the three phases of traditional AOT and cover the gap between learning opportunities. AOT consisted of driving training, law enforcement topics for sworn and professional staff, class room presentations, and multiple proficiency courses. The Training Unit delivered over 15,000 hours of AOT to more than 500 students and over 3,000 hours of elective instruction to over 450 students.
In 2019, the Training Unit offered seven certification courses, hosted six law enforcement seminars in the new training auditorium, partnered with multiple vendors to offer elite training delivered by professionals from around the country, and conducted more than 300 hours of instruction for AZPOST including support to police academies and recruits. The unit prepped 20 new officers, provided advanced training to 18 officers in Post Academies, and trained three lateral officers. The unit worked with the Field Training Officer (FTO) program to facilitate the transition from classroom instruction to field education as well as to overhaul the FTO training model.
The Training Unit supported employee wellness by administering four physical fitness tests, a health and wellness evaluation, and implemented a new body composition exam. Training Unit members also served on a new CPD committee assembled to identify needs and opportunities to improve officer wellness. The unit emphasized de-escalation and crisis intervention concepts rooted in active listening and rapport building techniques. Classes and presentations illustrated how crisis and force are intertwined and tested students through a series of scenarios.
This year, the Training Unit sergeant became an instructor for the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Officer Wellness Program and two officers earned certifications as simunitions instructors.
The mission of the Volunteers in Policing Services (VIPS) program was to support members of the Chandler Police Department (CPD) in providing police service and promoting community partnerships. During 2019:
• CPD benefited through the participation of over 45 active volunteers
• Volunteers dedicated 9,500 hours to the department and the community, an amount equivalent to approximately 4.5 full-time employees
• 730 volunteers participated in VIPS since its inception, 40 of which are currently employed by the department
• The City of Chandler Mayor & City Council, Chandler Non-profit Coalition, and For Our City recognized VIPS volunteers
VIPS volunteers continued to benefit the department, city, and community through their dedication and service. Volunteers served with a sense of duty and focus that is admired and respected. Volunteers took and accepted personal ownership in their roles and established a level of commitment that surpassed all expectations.