Commander Michael Heikes began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department in 1997. As a Deputy, Commander Heikes served in many functions to include Patrol, SWAT, Search & Rescue, Honor Guard, Field Training, and promoted to Corporal. During his four-year tenure with Cochise County, Commander Heikes worked alongside members of the U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Border Alliance Group in the drug interdiction efforts along the Arizona/Mexico border.
In August of 2001, Commander Heikes lateralled to the Chandler Police Department. As an Officer, Commander Heikes served in Patrol, Field Training, and Detective. As a Detective, he was instrumental in revamping the Pawn Program and updating City Code in reference to pawn store requirements. Commander Heikes was the lead investigator in the “Wall Burglar” case that included a sophisticated method of operation. The two-year investigation resulted in the arrest of a suspect who was responsible for over 100 burglaries in the east valley and the metro-Phoenix area.
Commander Heikes promoted to Sergeant in 2007. After serving as Patrol Sergeant, he returned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau in 2009 as a Detective Sergeant for the Narcotics Unit. Under his leadership and guidance, the Narcotics Unit was extremely proactive and effective in detecting narcotics activities, the seizure of large amounts of illegal drugs and U.S. currency, and the successful arrest and prosecution of individuals responsible for these types of crimes.
In December of 2012, Commander Heikes promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Desert Breeze Precinct as Watch Commander. In that capacity, Commander Heikes supervised four different patrol teams and their assigned Sergeant. In January 2014, he was transferred to the Main Station Precinct, where he served as the Watch Commander assigned to supervise the Bike Team, the FTO Team, and a Patrol Team.
During his time as a Lieutenant, Commander Heikes was given an ancillary duty as the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Support Lieutenant. In that role, he successfully managed the Tech Support Unit, the Crisis Negotiation Team, and served as the Tactical Commander on several occasions. In December of 2014, Commander Heikes returned to CIB as the Lieutenant assigned to the Property Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, and the Criminal Intelligence Unit.
Commander Heikes promoted to Commander in October of 2015 where he was assigned to the Main Station Precinct Commander. Next, he served as the Commander over the Operational Support Bureau and he currently is assigned as the Commander for the Desert Breeze Precinct.
Commander Heikes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in 1995 and he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU in 2004.