Payson Police Department

  • Agency: Payson Police Department
  • Address: 303 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, 85541 AZ
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: (928) 474-5177
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Payson Police Department is located at 303 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, 85541 AZ. The Payson Police Department phone number is (928) 474-5177.

Payson Police Department News

Week 2 of the Beards on Patrol! We encourage you to share the post with family and friends to help raise money for a local family fighting against Cancer! You can sponsor a specific officer or donate in general to the Payson Police Department. You can use cash or check. If you write a check please make it out to the Payson Police Department. If you use a check but want to sponsor a specific officer, dispatcher, detective, etc., you still make the check out to the Payson Police Department and put the employees name in the memo line. Help us raise money for a good cause! If you have any questions please contact Officer Oldeschulte or Sergeant McAnerny at 928-474-5177.

Beards on patrol is back! Officers are growing their beards to raise awareness for Cancer. The money will go to a local resident of the Payson area to assist with treatment. Please join the cause and help donate to assist the family with the fight against Cancer! You can donate to a specific officer or donate generally. If you write a check please make it out to the Payson Police Department And write the specific officers name in the memo line. You can also donate cash. You can give the check or cash to an officer if you see one or you can drop it off at the Payson Police Department. We are located at 303 North Beeline Highway in Payson Arizona. We encourage you to participate with our officers to make a difference for a local family. If you have any questions please contact Sergeant McAnerny or Officer Rush at Payson PD 928-474-5177.

This morning we received multiple reports of a subject in the area/on campus of the Payson High School with a weapon. Schools in that area were placed on Lockdown as officers investigated the report. The subject has been identified and is no longer in the area. We would like to remind everyone that firearms are prohibited on all school campuses. Lockdowns have been released and students have returned to their classes.

The Payson Police Department will be conducting a testing process for Police/Fire/911 Dispatcher on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th. The process will begin with a written test at 7 pm on Friday, September 14th, which will be held at the Payson Police Department. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in applying for this position, please visit http://paysonaz.gov/Departments/hr/employment.html, where you can view job descriptions and download an application. Applications must be received by the end of business on Friday, September 7th.

PRESS RELEASE: On August 25, 2018, Officer Lee along with K9, Wiley, conducted a traffic stop near the 700 block of South Beeline due to traffic offenses. During the stop, the driver, Anthony Boccolucci (of Payson), was arrested for a criminal traffic offense. During a search incident to arrest, Mr. Boccolucci was found in possession of approximately seven grams of heroin and useable methamphetamine. Due to the amount of heroin found, Mr. Boccolucci was booked into the Gila County Sheriff’s Office for possession of narcotic drugs for sale and other charges. Later that evening, Officer Lee along with Sgt. Varga made contact with subjects believed to be conducting a hand to hand transaction at a local convenience store parking lot. The apparent transaction occurred between a vehicle and a subject on a bicycle. Upon making contact with the subjects, K9 Wiley was deployed and alerted both on the vehicle and also the backpack and bicycle of the other subject. Upon conducting a search authorized by Wiley’s alerts, the subjects in the vehicle were found with drug paraphernalia. The bicyclist, known to police as Eric Omar Acosta (of Payson), was found with nearly an ounce of heroin and approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine. Mr. Acosta was booked into the Gila County Jail for possession of narcotic drugs for sale and other charges. Also found in Mr. Acosta’s backpack was a loaded handgun with a defaced serial number. Mr. Acosta has been the subject of an ongoing heroin sales investigation.

PRESS RELEASE: On August 15, 2018, Detectives with the Payson Police Department executed a search warrant at 522 W. Frontier Street. This was a coordinated investigation involving Department of Child Safety. During the investigation, it was believed the occupants were involved in the sales of methamphetamine and heroin. Previous to the execution of the search warrant, DCS had removed several children from the suspects. The children ranged from two twin newborns and two one year old toddlers. All the children were scientifically tested and determined to have significant exposures to either methamphetamine or heroin. During the execution of the search warrant, the residence was found in deplorable conditions which included makeshift electricity, non running water, and an extreme amount of debris. Two dogs were also removed from the residence due to concerns of neglect. One dog required medical evaluation due to a festering leg injury. Inside the residence, useable amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were located including paraphernalia such as pipes and needles. During the search, Payson Police K9, Wiley, alerted on a junk vehicle located in the front of the residence. A secondary search warrant was obtained for the junk vehicle. During that search, approximately half an ounce of methamphetamine and items associated with drugs sales were located. Also, more heroin was located. The following subjects were taken into custody; Michael Anthony Thompson (of Payson), Rachel Proctor (of Payson), Jeffrey Lidster (of Payson), and Rissa Houghton (of Payson). Their charges range from Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, multiple counts of Child Abuse (Potential serious injury or Death), Animal Cruelty, drug paraphernalia and Weapons Misconduct. The children, involved in this matter, are under the supervision of DCS at safe locations. The dogs are under the care of Humane Society. The Police Department would like to thank DCS, the Humane Society, and the Gila County Narcotics Task Force for their response to this incident.

PRESS RELEASE: On Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at approximately 2346 hours the Payson Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of a house fire at 327 W. Corral Drive in Payson. Police and fire units were dispatched and arrived shortly thereafter. As the investigation began, it was determined that witnesses had seen two individuals run from the residence shortly after the fire had started. Officers contacted detectives, who are arson investigators,to respond to the scene. Through the investigation it was determined that the fire was arson and that the residence was occupied at the time the fire was started. The occupants of the residence were able to safely evacuate. Two individuals were taken into custody who were determined to be responsible for the arson of the occupied residence; one was identified as local resident Garrett Stucke, 26 years of age. He was charged with one count of arson of an occupied structure and three counts of endangerment. The second individual was identified as local resident Koletin Bakken, 20 years of age. Koletin was also charged with one count of arson of an occupied structure and three counts of endangerment. Both individuals were booked into the Gila County Jail. This investigation is still ongoing and additional information will be released as it progresses.

Please see the attached link for information on Tonto National Forest Closures being lifted. Also, please note that fire restrictions are still in place.

Great police work by one of our local Troopers!

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Both lateral(current) and new officer applications are being accepted. No prior law enforcement experience is required. Applications can be found at the link below and turned in at the human resource department at 303 N.Beeline Hwy. Testing dates will be announced soon. https://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/payson/published_documents/Human-Resources/Payson-Employment-App.PDF

PRESS RELEASE: On Thursday May17, 2018 the Payson Police Department responded to the Payson High School after School Administrators had discovered explicit images of female students were being possessed, shared, and traded between students. The investigation is still ongoing. However, at this time officers have discovered that this activity is wide spread, including the sharing of images of students attending Rim County Middle School. What is different about this investigation from others of this nature that have been completed in the past is the number of male students who are trading these images to each other and how widely circulated those images have become. The possession or transmission of explicit images of an underage person can be a class 2 Felony with significant lifelong consequences. However, in 2010 Arizona adopted a “teen sexting” law (ARS 8-309), a class 3 misdemeanor, that is more appropriate for this conduct between teenagers. We are investigating this matter using this statute. This law applies equally to both those who take the image of themselves and send it to another and those who receive the image and save it to their electronic device. Our primary concern in this matter is preventing the circulation of these images so that those juveniles are not further exploited. We would like to encourage parents to have meaningful conversations with their kids about this issue and the long term consequences that exist. We believe your direct involvement will be the most effective way of educating our students and limiting this behavior in the future. Parents should know that the application Snapchat was used in almost all these cases. Snapchat is designed to conceal or delete communications between users. Many parents do not know that Snapchat has a password protected photo vault where many students were storing these images. There have also been several other issues involving High School students over the past several days that users on social media have incorrectly connected to this investigation. There have been no other police involved incidents that are known to be connected to this investigation.

Good morning Payson! Just a reminder that the Grand Re-opening of Walmart is happening here in town at 300 N Highway 87. Come see the show cars and and the local Law Enforcement! There is Search and Rescue, Payson Fire, K9 Units, Native Air and Everbridge! Please come and take advantage of ever bridge. If you’re not signed up for it we highly suggest you do so that way you were aware of any emergency evacuations in the town of Payson. You can sign up for emails, phone calls and text messages to make sure you are notified in an emergency situation. More information at their stand! We will be here from 10am-2pm. K-9 units will be putting on a show from 10am-11am.

Congratulations to all the D.A.R.E. Graduates yesterday!

The Take Back was a success. Just a little over 15lbs! Not including liquids! Thank you to all the volunteers for helping and thank you community for helping us with the collection of old/expired or unneeded prescription meds!

Don’t forget that today is the Take Back Event! Come drop off your old prescription medications! We take liquids and pills. We are located in the Walmart parking lot at 300 N Beeline Highway in the far East parking lot area. Just look for the big red truck that says PAYSON POLICE DEPT. It’s hard to miss. **WE DO NOT TAKE NEEDLES**

Reminder event is tomorrow!

The Payson Police Department, Gila County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding their annual Take- Back Initiative on April 28th, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office will have three additional drop-off locations. We invite everyone to clean out their medicine cabinet and bring their expired or unused prescription medications so they can properly be disposed of. With prescription drug abuse on the rise, this is a safe and secure way to dispose of prescription medications while also keeping them out of our water system. Location: Wal-Mart parking lot Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm Location: Pine Post Office Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Young Post Office Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Tonto Basin Post Office Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

The Payson Police Department has openings for the volunteer position of Receptionist. This is a front desk position that utilizes two volunteers per day, Monday through Friday. Shifts are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are generally one day per week (one 4 ½ hour shift per week). Morning receptionist duties include:  Calling individuals on our PATH (Police Access to Homebound) program  Fingerprinting individuals for various employment or volunteer needs Morning and afternoon receptionist duties include:  Assist and direct walk-in traffic  Assist individual with requesting copies of police reports  Assist with the pick-up of requested police reports  Handing out and accepting application for the Guardian Angel, PATH, and Vacation Home Watch programs  Shredding of confidential documents To apply to become a volunteer Receptionist for the Payson Police Department stop by the front desk at the Police Department at 303 N. Beeline Hwy. and obtain a volunteer application. Also, if you have further questions please contact Sgt. Matt VanCamp at 928-472-5060.

Highway 260 is currently closed in both directions just east of Star Valley due to a serious traffic accident. There is no timeframe of when the highway will be re-opened at this time.

On Friday, March 30th, 2018 the Payson Police Department received information that a coyote was acting suspicious in the area of Green Valley Park. Upon the arrival of Animal Control Officer, they acknowledged that the coyote was not acting appropriately and Arizona Game and Fish was contacted. Arizona Game and Fish and Payson Animal Control worked together and decided that the coyote was displaying enough concern that it was euthanized. The coyote was later tested by the Arizona Departmentof Health Services Laboratory and the results returned positive for rabies. The Payson Police Department advises citizens of the community and surrounding areas to use caution in and around wildlife at all times but specially if the animal is displaying unusual behavior or appears ill. We would also like to remind community members to insure that their pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination. The Payson Police Department will continue monitor this situation. If there are any further developments or if additional animals displaying rabies symptoms are located and tested, that information will be shared with the community

Knoll Fire Update: As of 7:00 PM on April 1, 2018, the Knoll Fire has been declared 100% contained. You can follow the attached link to view information about the fire, as well as updated closure maps. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5727/

Please see the attached Closure Order from the Tonto National Forest. The map for the closure area is also attached. This is due to the Knoll Fire, reported on March 30. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575561.pdf