The Tempe Police Department is proud to provide you with a quick overview about our organization.
Over the past several years, the Tempe Police Department has taken great strides as an organization. Despite financial challenges, we continue to move forward with a comprehensive and evolving strategic plan. Within the plan are five overarching goals of the Department which are to:
- Fighting Crime & Enhancing Community Safety
- Promoting Community Involvement
- Supporting & Developing Employees
- Enhancing Innovation & Technology
These strategic goals serve to guide the activities and direction of the Department, and provide a foundation for decision-making so that we can continue to deliver the highest quality police service to the Tempe community for years to come.
The Department’s structure is designed to be well aligned, flexible, allow for future growth, and ensure that the organization is able to respond to the current and ever increasing and changing demands placed on law enforcement. The Department is currently comprised of 491 employees who are dedicated to preserving the safety of the Tempe community.
The Tempe Police Department is currently divided up into three Divisions:
- Patrol Operations
- Investigations & Organziational Services
- Support Services
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
Police Chief Tom Ryff (480) 350-8214
Office of the Chief Contacts
Community Affairs Specialist Charles Cobbs (480) 350-8691
Asst. Chief Angel Carbajal (480) 350-8880
INVESTIGATIONS & ORGANIZATIONAL SERVICES:
Asst. Chief John Rush (480) 350-8274
Director Brenda Buren (480) 350-8991
The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the administration and general supervision of all police operations. This office also is charged with the coordination of all investigations and procedures. Services provided by this division are as follows: (1) provide leadership, management and administration for the Police Department; and (2) continually
build partnerships with the residents and the business community.
The Patrol Operations Division: is comprised of North Patrol, South Patrol, Central City and Traffic Bureau. Services provided by this division are as follows: (1) respond to requests for service; (2) perform preliminary investigative work at crime scenes; (3) work with the community to address public safety concerns; (4) conduct vehicle patrol to provide visibility in neighborhoods; (5) provide police resources for special or unscheduled events that require additional staffing; (6) provide crime prevention and community education programs to the public, (7) investigate and report incidents of crime; (8) investigate, prevent and report motor vehicle accidents; (9) provide specialty services to enhance community safety, including Mounted and K9 functions.
Investigations and Organizational Services (1) investigate and clear Part 1 and Part II crimes against persons and property; (2) mount investigative operations to fight narcotics trafficking and target violent and career criminals; (3) recruit, test and hire sworn officers and civilian personnell; (4) provide in-service training programs (5) respond to public informaiton/media records requests; (6) investigate internal complaints and serve as liaison with the Tempe Citizens Panel for review of police complaints and use of force; (7) provide jail and booking service and transport all prisoners to the City Court; (8) Audit and Compliance; update and implement organizational policy and procedure
The Support Services Division is comprised of Communications, Records, Identification, Property, and the Office of Management, Budget and Research. Support Services is responsible for providing comprehensive support services to the entire Police Department. Services provided by this division are as follows: (1) answer all incoming calls and provide 24-hour dispatch service; (2) provide radio communications between the police station and all patrol field units; (3) provide full service police records management services; (4) provide planning and research information;
(5) administer departmental operating and capital improvement budgets; (6) gather and report intelligence information; and (7) serve as the central tactical crime analysis and intelligence entity within the department.
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