Safford Police Department

  • Agency: Safford Police Department
  • Address: 525 S 10th Ave, Safford, 85546 AZ
  • Chief: John Griffin (Chief of Police)
Phone: 928-348-3190

Safford Police Department is located at 525 S 10th Ave, Safford, 85546 AZ. The Chief of Police of the department is John Griffin. The Safford Police Department phone number is 928-348-3190.

Safford Police Department News

Our 3rd Annual CORE Event is coming. Join us!!!!

4th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run BBQ Dinner Fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics of Arizona. $10 per plate. For tickets see your friendly Safford or Thatcher Police Officers or Safford Firemen. All proceeds to the Special Olympics of Arizona. See the flyer for the dinner details.

IT'S SCAMMING SEASON!!!! The IRS Scam and Publisher's Clearance House Scam are the most popular right now. Please don't fall prey to these scams. INFO ON THE IRS SCAM: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning telephone scams are getting worse in Arizona. Scammers pose as an IRS or U.S. Treasury Department agent and victims are threatened with being arrested if they don't make an immediate payment for taxes or fines owned. "These con-artists are using scare tactics to rip off some of the most vulnerable members of our community," Brnovich said. "Arizonans need to remember the IRS will never call you and demand immediate payment," Brnovich said. Here are some things to remember that the IRS will never do: • Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. If you believe you have been the victim of a phone scam or any other type of consumer fraud, please file a consumer complaint at or contact the Consumer Information and Complaints Unit in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763; in Tucson at (520) 628-6504 and outside the Phoenix metropolitan area at (800) 352-8431. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at

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There is a viral post spreading across social media of a screen shot from "Roy Andres" indicating that there is going to be a school shooting at "SHS" tomorrow. This is a nationwide post that originated out of Ohio, and since has spread concern/fear with every high school with the acronym SHS. There is no credible threat to any of our schools here in Safford. As always the Safford Police Department and the Safford Unified School District will do everything to ensure the safety of our children. Joe Brugman

We would like to share a picture of the City of Safford city limits. This is where Safford Police Department patrol and handle calls for service.

Please be careful on the roads this morning. It is not ice, but water on roads that have not had any water on them for awhile can be just as slippery as ice. Give yourself extra distance between vehicles and slow down. You can be at fault for an accident for unreasonable speed for going 1mph over the speed limit, be careful especially in school zones.

Thank you to all the concerned citizens that have let us know about a child porn post being sent out by an individual. We are aware of it and are investigating it. ***********Update************ Case is still active and still being investigated. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE...The two females have been identified! Thank you again for your help.

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Thank you Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital for supplying lunch to the Police Dept.

The Safford Police Department has made an arrest regarding the cyber bullying case. Safford Investigators and the School Resource Officer conducted an exceptional investigation which ended in the arrest of a Safford High School student. The Safford Police Department became aware of the inapropriate messages on October 23 and began investigating immediately. The suspect juvenile, whose name is withheld from this release, was processed into the Graham County Juvenile Holding Center with the following charges; Making a terrorist threat; false reporting of terrorism, use of an electronic communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten, or harass, interference with or disruption of an educational institution. Additional charges may follow as the investigation continues. The case involved numerous threatening and harassing snapchat messages that included statements that the other person should commit suicide, that she would be killed, that her house would be burned down, threatening violence at school, profanities, insults, etc. Investigators found no evidence against Carley Ayala, who appeared to be sending the messages—it was later learned that her password to snapchat was being used by the suspect. Police questioned Carley, and she submitted to taking a lie detector test—which she passed. She released her phone to the investigators to conduct a forensic evaluation upon—nothing incriminating was found. The FBI was consulted to insure nothing had been missed—when our detective told the FBI agent what he had done thus-far, i.e. proper submission of subpoenas and warrants, the FBI agent told him that there was nothing additional they could add. The School Resource officer, along with our detectives contacted Snapchat and Cable One. Snapchat and Cable One required subpoenas, emergency orders, preservation orders or warrants for each piece of information. The last piece of information was received from Snapchat today (11/8). This final piece of information brought the case together, allowing our School Resource officer and detective to positively identify the suspect—who was the person who initially appeared to be the victim of the case. The suspect was contacted at the high school and was placed under arrest. Her phone was seized and she was interviewed. The suspect confessed to sending all of the inappropriate/threatening snapchat messages, apparently for attention. This case generated a great deal of negative banter on social media, much of which was directed at an innocent young woman, Carley Ayala , which was completely undeserved. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office and Safford Police Department will be investigating abuses of the social media by other users that included threats and harassment of Ms. Ayala. “We (the Police Department) were very disappointed at the reaction many people displayed on Facebook and other social media. A substantial number of people posted statements that were bullying—ironically when they were attempting to speak out against a bullying incident!” The Safford Unified School District Staff deserve commendation for providing their faith, trust and assistance which resulted in a successful investigation leading to the arrest of the responsible person.

We place the safety of all citizens, especially our youth, at the highest level of our responsibility. In recent weeks a person or persons has posted inappropriate and threatening messages. Police staff is working to determine the origin of these messages. The actions of the perpetrator(s) clarify the warnings about the dangers of social media, when used inappropriately, that all of us have heard from various sources. We ask that our students and parents know that the Safford Police Department is working with the schools and are doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of our students. Further we are determined to find the source of these posts and to ensure that they are punished to the fullest extent of the law. Joe Brugman

With Halloween, you have Trick or Treaters. Please be careful of the little ones running from house to house. If driving in neighborhoods slow down. Residential speed limits in Safford are 25mph. If conditions are where it is congested you can get stopped for unreasonable speed for going the speed limit. We need to use common sense and slow down. Remeber curfew is at 10pm, juveniles have to be with a parent or guardian to stay out after curfew. Happy Halloween from Safford Police Department!

With Salsa Fest this weekend, 8th Avenue at Main Street is shut down. Main Street has closures for East and West bound traffic. You will have access North and South across Main Street at 7th Ave, 6th Ave and 5th Avenue. Remember to be safe this weekend and there will be Homecoming festivities also at SHS.

We hope everyone can make it out to this event.

Safford Officers are seeing a lot of dangerous driving habits in school zones. Parents, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop your children off. This means stopping in front of a crosswalk to have your child walk across the street. Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28-873 states that you are in violation of a civil traffic violation for stopping in a roadway. Besides committing a civil traffic violation, you are placing your child in harm's way as you make them cross the street. The schools can only do so much in protecting your child as they approach the school. We have to do our part and make sure everyone stays safe. Be safe around school zones and try not to be on cell phones while driving!

Thank you citizens of Safford and Gila Valley! We appreciate your help! You are awesome!

On August 18, 2017, Safford Officer's responded to a house fire in the area of Relation Street and 9th Avenue damaging the garage door and vehicle. Safford PD is investigating this as an arson. Safford Police are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. If you have any information, please call the Safford PD at 432-4100 or 428-0808.

***WARNING*** Scammers are calling saying they are from the City of Safford Utilities or Safford Police Department wanting you to send them money. The City of Safford WILL NOT call you wanting money. Please do not fall for these scams.