Police Department inaugurated in growing community of Queen Creek

PHOENIX – The Queen Creek Police Department officially launched just after midnight on Tuesday with cruisers taking to the streets of the rapidly growing East Valley city.

The department comes nearly two years after the city council voted unanimously to form its own police force to keep up with the growth of the community.

“The key to our success to date has been all about the community,” Chief of the Department, Randy Brice, said at a press conference Tuesday.

“We recruited, we trained, we developed our policies and procedures all centered on the fact that we want to have a department and a group of officers and professional staff who are focused on one thing, and that is the community. . “

The Queen Creek Police Department initially has 73 staff, 64 of whom are sworn officers. A few other positions are still being recruited. They will serve approximately 70,000 residents.

Brice said officers and staff have been “easily engaged” with the community over the past 6-8 months “to find out what they want, how they want the department to really work and grow. [the department] from this point of view.

For the past three decades, Queen Creek has contracted with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to be the city’s law enforcement provider. The MCSO will continue to be present in the county’s islands located in Queen Creek.

Brice specifies that one of the department’s objectives is to arrive on site in less than 5 minutes.

“We are also trying to get as much diversity,” he said. “One of our main goals was to try to make sure the organization matched the community in terms of certain demographics. “

Over 30% of the staff are women and 10% are Latinos.

Brice also noted that his department would not work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to place detainees “pending immigration” so that ICE can take custody of a person. He said the reason was that he wanted to make sure every sector of the community felt safe contacting the police.

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