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

Come on out April 7th for a fun and educational experience for women who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Meet and speak with experienced female officers and police communication operators about their exciting careers. This event will provide a a unique hands on experience and the air unit will be there as well. Please R.S.V.P. by clicking "going" on facebook! LIKE AND SHARE #FindtheBLUEinYou

This Saturday (March 17_ is the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade from 10AM-Noon. Please see the parade map and event times to plan your day (either to get to the parade or find a quick route to where you are going that doesn't get you tangled up in parade traffic). We hope you come and enjoy the parade and after the parade, enjoy the Faire at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park with music, stepdancing, bagpipers, food, crafts & merchandise, children’s area, and more!

First up on Day 2 of #CareerShadowWeek is the City of Phoenix Police Department crime lab! Thank you for helping our aspiring public servants learn more about these interesting careers!

Tip-a-Cop BBQ Fundraiser, 16030 N 56th St till 2pm

"Holy pocket change, Batman!" The results are in from the 2018 Tyson's Coin Challenge. The coin drive is over, but you can still contribute! Please encourage your friends and family to fill virtual jars at

Desert Horizon Precinct Tip-a-Cop BBQ Fundraiser. Tomorrow, 10am-2pm. 16030 N 56th St.

Are you interested in making $18.58-$28.57 an hour for a job that helps people and that WE TRAIN YOU to do? Working for the Phoenix Police Department as a Police Communications Operator is that job. We're hiring multiple positions and are here to help you succeed. Please take a moment to learn more on our web site and when you are ready there is a link for you to apply.

Desert Horizon Police Park Arizona Barbeque Club 16002 N. 56th St. March 10, 2018 10:00 am – 2:00 pm All Donations will go to Special Olympics Arizona The Phoenix Police Department will be holding a Tip a Cop Event to support Special Olympics Arizona. Come join us for fun and excitement!! Arizona BBQ Club will be providing hot delicious meals that officers will serve to you for donations. Officers from Desert Horizon Precinct, Special Vehicles, and Phoenix Police Explorers will work for your tips to help support Special Olympic athletes. There will be games, an auction, air brush tattoos, archery, donut challenge, a car show, an appearance from the Arizona Ghostbusters, and more! A special thank you to City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department for their support in this event! For additional information please contact: ~Nisa Johnson (602) 495-5006 or ~Officer Dawn Vaughn at (602) 534-7096 or

Center For Disease Control and Prevention Neighborhood Survey - We want to let you know about some upcoming activity that may be occurring in your neighborhood. Between March 9th and May 15th, 2018, the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is conducting a major study regarding the health of persons living in the United States. As part of the study, CDC representatives will be going door to door visiting randomly selected households throughout Phoenix and Maricopa County to interview potential survey respondents. Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. CDC representatives will have identification and will show it to residents and police upon request. While the Phoenix Police Department is not part of the study, we wanted to share it with you in case you have concerns about the survey representatives knocking on doors in your neighborhoods.

Great News! The PhxPD is now accepting applications for the Citizen Police Academy classes of 2018. Contact Det. Joel Leavitt for an application: or visit the Alumni webpage at PCPAALUMNI.COM and download it there.

In this video Officer A.J. Casados shares the tragic story of the day his friend and mentor, Detective John Hobbs was killed in the line of duty. It's a day Officer Casados remembers well, because he was there. End of Watch this day in 2014 - Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison. The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject. Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

On February 28, 2018, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Phoenix Police investigated a threat received at a local high school in the area of 3900 East Bell Road. Several students reported to school administrators that another student was posting threats via a social media platform. The 17-year-old suspect posted an online threat indicating he would commit acts of violence and self-harm on the school campus. Officers located the suspect on campus and detained him without incident. No weapons were located as part of the investigation. The suspect made statements to investigators regarding his involvement in this incident. The suspect was detained at the Juvenile Court Center for one count of Interference with or Disruption of an Educational Institution, a class 6 felony, and one count of Threats, a class one misdemeanor. While this is just one of multiple threats made against our local schools in the past few weeks, it amplifies several key points that need to be heard and discussed within our community. First, we need to recognize the courage of those students who came forward when they saw something and said something. Second, school administrators coordinated swiftly with police to identify, locate, and detain the student before any physical harm could occur. Third, there is no justification for threatening our schools or our community. Disruption of our schools is a felony and will be investigated vigorously and result in serious consequences for those who engage in this conduct, regardless of their intent. Phoenix Police will spare no resources or effort to keep our children safe and hold anyone who threatens them fully accountable for their actions. Please encourage your audiences to start a dialogue with their children about school and general safety. While police will aggressively investigate reports of criminal conduct, the solution to this growing problem is everyone’s responsibility. If you or someone you know is struggling, take action. Help them find the services they need before their behavior escalates into disruptive or violent acts.

Phoenix Cadets place at the Mesa Competition On Saturday, February 17, 2018, twenty-five Phoenix Police Cadets participated in the annual Mesa Team Building Competition. These young men and women were teamed up with cadets and explorers from across the state to compete in the following events: physical agility courses; push-pull; rappel and communicate; knowledge and skill course. Once again they were honored to compete in the “Top Ten Trail”, an event dedicated to Mesa Sergeant Brandon Mendoza. Nine of the Phoenix Cadets received 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals with their team members. Cadet Daniel Sanabia won 1st place and Cadet Cassandra Terrazas won 2nd place in the Virtra Simulator event. Congratulations Phoenix Police Cadets!

On Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m., the suspect entered the Circle K and selected a case of beer. He stood at the register pretending to look for his wallet. He then told the clerk, “I’m going to rob you. Give me all the money in the register!” and the clerk complied. The suspect fled on foot westbound on Baseline Road with the beer and cash. Victims: Circle K and Employee Location: 7440 S. 7th Ave, Phoenix Circle K Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m. Suspect: Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, 5’6”-5’10”, 250-290 pounds, goatee and mustache. He was wearing gray baseball cap, gray sweatshirt and black pants. 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

Happening NOW: 1st Annual "Taste of South PHX" community event; Food trucks, local businesses, #PhxPD, 20 PhxPD Cadets, #PHXFire, MCSO & DPS. Kids rides, All ages welcome. Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 1375 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040.

What is VIN Etching? It's like a giving your car a set of fingerprints by etching the vehicle identification number (unique to each car) right onto the glass. VIN Etching is an effective visual deterrent against theft and takes less than 10 minutes per vehicle to complete. The vehicle owner needs to show proof of registration and will be required to complete a consent form. The event will be in the North East Lot of Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza which is located at 1616 West Washington St. Phoenix, AZ and will be on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9AM to 1PM.

Last week Chief Williams held a badge pinning ceremony for the newest members of our department. Police Assistants (PA's) will be hitting the streets in specially marked vehicles to support officers and serve citizens. They are expected to take over 25,000 calls for service each year. These are calls that ordinarily would be taken by a police officer. By asking the PA's to take certain calls, like thefts where the suspect is gone, some burglaries, forgeries, accidents, and many other call types, officers are then freed up to take priority calls. On top of that the PA program is estimated to save $700,000 a year over having an officer perform the same tasks.

On February 19th, 1952, Motorcycle Officer Walter Stewart was killed when a truck turned in front of his police motorcycle and he swerved to avoid a collision. The motorcycle overturned and Officer Stewart died of head injuries. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Soon after this accident, all Phoenix motorcycle officers were required to wear helmets while on duty. Officer Stewart was thirty years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two young children.

SILVER ALERT CANCELLED - FOUND ADULT Thelma Craig, female, 74 years of age, has been found and is safe. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out.

Today you can press "911" on your phone and get help with your police or fire emergency. But it wasn't always that way. In the past each jurisdiction had their own number, and you had to know it, even while traveling, if you wanted help. The idea behind the 911 emergency service is simple, one number brings help. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call made in Haleyville, Alabama back in 1968. Today we see 911 Operators as heroes that connect people in need to police, fire and medical services and help save lives and protect property. The Phoenix Police Department is currently hiring multiple positions for Police Communications Operator. We encourage you to apply today and take your place among those with a proud history of helping! Click through to learn more about this exciting career and its benefits.

The Phoenix Police Cadet Program (previously known as Phoenix Police Explorer Post 2906) holds an Awards Banquet every year and 2017 was no exception. On Friday, January 26, 2018 a number of Cadets were presented with awards for Tenure and Community Service Hours. For their many hours of exceptional service in the program, (12) Cadets were presented the “Top Achiever Award” from Executive Assistant Chief, Michael Kurtenbach. These (12) Cadets exceeded expectations of community service, attendance, school grades, and attitude. During the award ceremonies, recognition was also given to (25) Cadets for successfully certifying with the City of Phoenix as Spanish speaking translators. These (25) Cadets have been an immense help to the department at a number of various community events. Toward the end of the evening the coveted “Cadet of the Year Award” was presented to Phoenix Police Cadet Chief, Savannah Walters. She currently works as a Police Aide at the Desert Horizon Precinct and is looking forward to a career in Law Enforcement. Currently there are (70) plus cadets in the program. Most of these hard working young adults are pursuing a career as a Phoenix Police Officer. The program has the support and encouragement from the department executive staff to continue to increase in numbers. The program is on track to reach the number of 100 Cadets by sometime next year. Keeping these increased numbers in mind the Cadets are very grateful to those employees that are currently donating to the Cadet Program under the title of (Explorer Post 2906) through the Payroll Deduction Program. Phoenix Police Cadet Advisors Detective Doug Burrow Officer David Barrios Officer Jamie Brooks

Now Hiring for Police Communications Operators! YOU can be a part of this critical link. Police Communications Operators start out at $18.58/hour. To learn more visit our website at APPLY TODAY!

On February 5, 1925, Officer Haze Burch became the first Phoenix Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Haze Burch was shot when he attempted to stop two men from siphoning gasoline from a car at the intersection of 8th Street and Jefferson Street. The two suspects were wanted in Texas for the murder of Deputy Joseph Morgan of the Muskogee County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Department and in Montana for the murder of Officer Charles Wilson of the Livingston, Montana, Police Department. Both suspects were eventually captured. Officer Burch was survived by his wife and three young children.

Wanted Suspect - Raul Licona Luna - Hispanic Male, 38 years old - 5'7" 180 pounds. Wanted in connection with a stabbing.

On Monday, January 22, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the suspect entered the Family Dollar Store and grabbed food items and placed them on the counter. He went behind the counter pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the register. The suspect took the cash and asked where the phone was and ripped the phone out of the wall and fled west bound on foot. Victim: Family Dollar Store and Employee Location: 1600 N. 59th Ave, Phoenix - Family Dollar Store Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Suspect: Hispanic Male, approximately 25 years old, 5'7", 160 pounds, armed with handgun and wearing a hoodie. 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