Phoenix Police Department

  • Agency: Phoenix Police Department
  • Address: 620 W Washington St, Phoenix, 85003 AZ
  • Chief: Joe Yahner (Acting Chief of Police)
Phone: 602-262-7626

Phoenix Police Department is located at 620 W Washington St, Phoenix, 85003 AZ. The Acting Chief of Police of the department is Joe Yahner. The Phoenix Police Department phone number is 602-262-7626.

Phoenix Police Department News

"Hamilton says it played out like a movie... But in this movie, Hamilton actually plays a hero. As the 911 dispatcher, she is literally the first person from Phoenix police on the scene." And you can be that person too. The Phoenix Police Department is hiring Communications Operators looking to fill multiple positions. You can feel comfortable taking those calls because we don't expect you to be the hero overnight, we train you extensively for success. You have what it takes to take on this fulfilling career and help others everyday.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Citizen Police Academy Class #85 which just graduated. We hope you all enjoyed your time with us. We enjoyed having you and sharing how the Phoenix Police Department operates. The Phoenix Police Department's Citizens Police Academy (CPA) began in April 1986 with the intent to provide business and community leaders an inside look at law enforcement. That concept still stands today with over 65 Citizens Police Academies having been completed and hundreds of citizens having learned "what we do, and why we do it."

Each year the Phoenix Police Department honors officers and civilians who have performed some exceptional deed that goes above and beyond the daily call of duty. We've uploaded the entire ceremony to our YouTube channel. While you're there please subscribe to the channel and click the bell to be notified.

On May 27th, 1988, Officer Collings was shot and killed while working off-duty at a bank. He had confronted the two suspects at the scene of the robbery when one of the suspects was able to shoot the officer and escape. Officer Collings died three hours later. One suspect was arrested while the other escaped to Mexico. This suspect was arrested by Mexican officials twelve years later in June of 2000 after being wounded in a shootout with police. The suspect was extradited to U.S., stood trial & was convicted. Officer Collings was an eight year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department at the time of his death.

Officer Travis P. Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night. Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the suspect had fled. Several minutes later, dispatchers received reports that a man was seen attempting to hide a vehicle under a tarp at a vacant home. Officer Murphy, along with several officers, responded to the scene and started searching for the man on foot. Officer Murphy encountered the suspect and was shot 10 times in the legs and lower abdomen. Other officers immediately placed him in a patrol car and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The suspect was taken into custody after being found hiding in a nearby shed. Officer Murphy had served with the Phoenix Police Department for four and a half years. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and 2-week-old son.

An veteran of Afghanistan came home in 2015 and found himself in a crisis. He suffered from depression and was having suicidal thoughts when he met two of our officers who responded to his house. The officers "talked him out of things" and he got help. Recently he graduated from ASU with a bachelor's in Social Work. He is going on to earn his Masters and help other vets and first responders in the same situation. This morning he reunited with the officers who saved his life and presented them his ASU graduation stole. The Phoenix Police Department has increased training to officers on the issues surrounding mental health and how to recognize them and what resources are available to help.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 1:05am North Central Avenue & West Monroe Street Suspect: White male, described as tall, heavy build, wearing a blue and white checked short sleeved shirt, gray shorts, and sandals. Details: On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at around 1:05am, two males were seated near North Central Avenue and West Monroe Street when they were approached by the suspect and began a short conversation. The suspect began using anti-LGBTQ language which led to a heated exchange. During the confrontation, the suspect threw one victim to the ground and repeatedly kicked him. The other victim tried to intervene and was assaulted. The suspect fled the scene. The first victim was evaluated by medical personnel and found to have suffered serious injuries. Phoenix Police is asking the community for assistance with identifying and locating the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness, at (480) W-I-T-N-E-S-S, or for Spanish (480) T-E-S-T-I-G-O. As always, callers may remain anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000.

Ah, romance! Well, romance law enforcement style anyway. This is Sergeant Ronnie Bryant and his wife Phoenix Police Radio Dispatcher Patty Bryant. They found time between calls to meet at the Communications Center for Whataburger and a soda to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary! How does a law enforcement family celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary? Anyway they can! Isn't love grand!

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at approximately 12:05 a.m., the victim was walking in the area of 32nd Street and Roosevelt when the suspect offered her a ride. The victim accepted and the suspect drove her to the area of 34th Street and Van Buren where he physically and sexually assaulted her causing serious injuries. Location: Area of 3400 E. Van Buren, Phoenix Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at approximately 12:05 a.m. Suspect: Black male, about 25-35 years old, 6 feet tall, medium build, short dreadlocks on top of his head, chin strap beard and possibly full tattoos on both arms. Suspect Vehicle: Black or dark colored 2014-2017 4 door Volkswagen, possibly a CC with chrome rims. Victim: 38 year old female If you have any information regarding this case you may contact Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S, 480-948-6377, or 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O for Spanish speaking. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at

This is pretty exciting news! Great weather, beautiful nature, art galleries, and yes, the best public safety partnerships in the nation. Arizona has it all. #PHX2023

On May 7, 1977, a drunk driver struck Sergeant Kieffer while at the intersection of 16th Street and McDowell. Sergeant Kieffer was rendered a quadriplegic from this accident. He continued to work for the department until retiring on September 13, 1991. On May 21, 1997, he died after succumbing to the injuries he had received twenty years earlier. Sergeant Kieffer was survived by his wife and children.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 19, 2013, Officer Daryl Raetz, #8899 and his partner were finishing the processing of the scene from a DUI stop in the area of 51st Avenue and Cambridge when Officer Raetz was struck by another vehicle. Officer Raetz was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. At the time of his death, Officer Raetz was 29-years-old. Officer Raetz also served as a Navy Corpsman, serving two combat tours in Iraq before becoming a Phoenix Police Officer approximately six prior to his death. Officer Raetz is survived by his wife and young daughter.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016 police officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road. The homeowner had called 911 to report that his son was stealing items from the home. As officers arrived on the scene they encountered the son sitting in a van in the driveway. The subject immediately opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Glasser. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject. Officer Glasser was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds the following day. Officer Glasser had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team. He is survived by his wife and two children.

On May 5-6, 2018 the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association held the Desert Dog Police K9 trials in in Mesa, Az. Police, Military, and Government canine teams from around the nation competed in various events, including: Handler Protection, Tactical Building Search, Building Search, Agility / Obstacle course, Area Search, Narcotics and Explosives Search. Phoenix Officers and their K9 partners had a great showing with several placing in the Top 5, as well as Phoenix PD taking 1st place as an Agency in Detection. Mike Lin, K9 Haro Jerry Happeny, K9 Dennis West Ligouri, K9 Bob Zach Wright, K9 Guerro Billy Denham, K9 Murphy also placed but not available for photos - Joe Congero. The rankings list is here:

Homicide - On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. Joshua was found injured and unresponsive behind the Orange Market located at 8843 North Central Avenue. He was transported to John C. Lincoln hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Victim: Joshua Bartley, 39 years old Location: 8843 North Central Ave (Orange Market), Phoenix Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. If you have any information regarding this case you may contact Silent Witness at W-I-T-N-E-S-S, that’s 480-948-6377, or toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at

Officer Joe Cortez has been a School Resource Officer (SRO) for over 17 years! He's currently assigned to Larry C Kennedy Elementary School in the Mountain View Precinct where he's been the SRO for 7 months. Joe is constantly interacting with "his" students whether he is teaching Law Related Education classes or having a footrace with the students. Joe also goes above and beyond his duties as a School Resource Officer and helps out the school's administration staff when they ask for help. On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Officer Cortez was awarded the “District Educational support person of the year.” This is a great accomplishment because Officer Cortez was recognized by the educators in the Creighton School District for his hard work and dedication. The majority of the time this award goes to an employee within the school district and not a non-school district employee making it extra special for Officer Cortez and the Phoenix Police Department. As a department we deeply appreciate when the community honors our officers in this way and to have an officer like Joe Cortez as an example of just what it means to #FindtheBLUEinYOU.

On May 10, 2004 at approximately 3:00 pm, Officer Don R. Schultz, #4410, was participating in a Dive Team search for evidence in the canal near 19th Avenue and Hatcher. He came loose from his tender line for unknown reasons and was found lodged in a canal gate by other members of the Dive Team, who freed him. He was pulled from the water and taken to John C. Lincoln hospital where on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 7:10 PM, he passed away after being removed from life support.

The PhxPD is hiring, and encouraging everyone interested to "Find the Blue in You". That means to recognize that you do have qualities that make you a good candidate to become a police officer. Those are traits like pride, honor, integrity, and a desire to look out for others in the community and generally try to do good things for people. You're never too young to start either. Officer Rob Sandoval of our South Mountain Precinct recently met a young man who had most certainly #FoundtheBlue in himself. Officer Sandoval said, "As I was patrolling the South Mountain Precinct, I saw a young boy walking home from school. It must have been windy earlier because all of the trash bins left out on the curb were knocked over." He watched as kids on their way to school walked passed the cans, leaving them where they were. But one young man, a 6th grader from Southwest Elementary named Jacob didn't just walk by them, he picked up each can from his house all the way to the school. Jacob reminds us that there's a little "blue" in all of us. Some people show it by becoming a Phoenix Police Officer, and others show it by small and kind deeds - on their way to school. Jacob, thank you for setting the example!

Officer David Uribe, #4276, was shot and killed on May 10, 2005 at 11:10 am while conducting a traffic stop on West Cactus Road. Officer Uribe had served as a police officer for 22 years. As he walked to the driver’s door of the vehicle he had stopped one of two men opened fire on him, hitting him in the head and the neck. The suspects then drove away from the scene and abandoned the car in a residential area a few blocks away. A witness immediately called 911 and started CPR on Officer Uribe until the fire department arrived and transported David to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer David Uribe is is survived by his wife, five children, two step-children, five grandchildren, parents, stepfather, and siblings. One of his sons also serves as an officer with the Phoenix Police Department. Two suspects were arrested two days later and charged with Officer Uribe’s murder. In 2009 Officer Uribe’s killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His accomplice was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Wanted suspect - Homicide - On Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., the victim Joe Acosta was shot and died as a result of the injury. Carlos Pacheco has been identified as being involved along with another unidentified male. Detectives are looking to identify that male as well. Victim: Joe Acosta - 18 years old. Location: 6400 W. Van Buren, Phoenix Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. Suspect: Carlos Pacheco, Hispanic Male, 27 years old, 5'9", 175 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information regarding this case you may contact Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S, 480-948-6377, or 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O for Spanish speaking. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at

Congratulations to Detective Kevin Ham with our Bias Crimes Unit for receiving the Community Award today during the Fourth Annual Law Enforcement and Firefighters Prayer Breakfast!

On May 4th, 1984, Motorcycle Officer Polmanteer was killed in a head on collision with a van that turned in front of his motorcycle. Officer Polmanteer had been a police officer for fifteen years, five of which were with the Phoenix Police Department. He was thirty-seven years old at the time of his death. Officer Polmanteer was survived by his wife and three children.

The PhxPD Reserve is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. A lot has changed since 1918! You can read about in in a new 120 page book, ​"The Phoenix Police Reserve: A Centennial of Service". It is available online at the link below.

PhxPD motorcycle officers participating in the motorcade for Vice President Pence on his recent visit had a special visitor of their own! This little Superman had to bring out his own electric motorcycle and pose with motorcade. It warmed the officers' hearts and his smile spoke volumes! We continue to be amazed at our community and the support they show us, big or small.

Are you a student entering 7th or 8th grade? Are you curious about what occurs at the Phoenix Police Department on a daily basis. There's a way to find out - The Youth Police Experience. Check out the right side of the linked page.