2012 Annual Report
Mission & Values Statements
The Police Department’s mission is to have “A Passion for Excellence!” The Values of the agency are:
The Police Department is organized into two divisions and several units in order to provide an adequate span of control and to identify specific program costs. The two divisions are Operations and Operational Support. The Operations Division includes Patrol, Traffic Safety and Investigations, while the Operational Support Division includes Administration, Animal Control and Communications.
A full-time administrative assistant is included in the adopted budget. This function had been split between two part-time positions for the past couple of years and led to operational inefficiencies. Inclusion of this 1.0 FTE position is offset by a 0.75 FTE reduction of part-time hours. Following the adoption of the FY2012 budget, the City Council authorized the acceptance of two grants, COPS and a School Resource Officer (SRO) grant. With the acceptance of these grants the Council authorized two additional police officer positions; these positions are included in the FY2012 total. These modifications bring the Police Department’s overall staffing to 49.6 positions, of which 32.0 are sworn positions.
Included in the 49.6 positions mentioned above are 11.3 positions in Communications and 2.5 positions in Animal Control. Also included in this number are two School Resource Officers (SRO), both of which are full-time grant-funded through a service agreement with the school district, a grant-funded Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) Sergeant, an officer funded through the COPS program and one sworn Sergeant position dedicated to traffic safety and tied directly to photo enforcement.
The Police Department’s FY2013 budget of $5,503,000 represents an increase of $363,100 (7%) over the FY2012 budget of $5,139,900. When adjusted for photo enforcement revenue modifications, there is a total increase of $512,900 (12%) over the FY2012 budget. Included in this amount is $325,800 in personnel costs that are completely funded through the School District (SRO), Federal Government (COPS) and the County (MCAT).
Salaries and fringe benefits total $4,177,600 and represent 77% of the Police Department’s general fund budget. Salaries and fringes increase by $452,200 (12%) due to personnel cost increases and additional authorized positions. Included in the Police Department’s general fund salaries amount is a total of $176,000 in overtime costs. Overtime is used to cover shifts, work extended hours on active cases, special events, call-outs, holidays and training.
Non-personnel costs have a net decrease of $72,300 from the FY2012 budget. When adjusted for photo enforcement revenue modifications and capital, there is a net increase of $95,800 (19%) over the FY2012 budget. Only known grants are included in the budget, as grants are awarded to the department throughout the year. Therefore, budget transfers will be authorized to establish budget authority for the amount of the grant, generally within the grants fund.
There were four internal affair investigations involving department members in 2012, down from 11 in 2011. Two of these investigations resulted from external complaints filed by citizens. Out of the four, two complaints were sustained and in the other two, the officers were exonerated.
The complaints filed were categorized as use of force, policy violation and conduct on-duty. Officers were exonerated in the use of force complaints.
Within the City there are:
The Show Low Police Department became internationally accredited by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) at the conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in July 2012.
CALEA’s accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.
facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.
External Projects and Community Involvement for 2012
The following are examples of some of the many community activities/projects in which the Show Low Police Department was involved in 2012.
Specific Police Activity and/or Important Cases
The following are examples of the types of calls and cases handled by the Show Low Police Department in 2012.
· There was a large fire at the pellet plant, lasting approximately 24 hours and resulting in highway and airport closures.
· Responded to a plane crash that resulted in two fatalities.
· There were 209 investigations involving drugs, which included seizures of paraphernalia, marijuana, narcotics, prescription drugs and cash.
· Homicide Task Force officers investigated several cases in Navajo and Apache counties, including an officer-involved shooting in Show Low.
· Filmed a segment on America’s Most Wanted in an effort to locate a suspect wanted for a double homicide in 2011.
· Conducted a multi-agency investigation related to numerous daytime burglaries in several jurisdictions. After a lengthy foot chase, the suspect was caught in Show Low.
· The multi-agency Special Response Team (SRT) handled six callouts.
· There were 29 WeTip referrals made to the Police Department in 2012. One of these tips led to the arrest and clearance of approximately 15 major criminal damage cases.