Surprise Police Department
Surprise Police Department


Police Chief Michael FrazierMichael Frazier, Police Chief
Surprise Police Department

Michael Frazier was appointed as the Police Chief for the City of Surprise on February 14, 2011. Previously, Chief Frazier served as the police chief for the City of El Mirage from October 2007 until February 2011. Chief Frazier began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years until retiring in October, 2007. While with Phoenix, Chief Frazier rose through the ranks, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after having served in nearly every division of the police department. As the “second-in-command” in Phoenix, he was responsible for the day to day operations of the department including patrol, investigations and tactical operations; oversaw the department’s operating and capital budget of approximately $600 million; was the lead labor management representative for the police department with police officers, sergeants and lieutenants; and, oversaw the Public Affairs Bureau.

During Chief Frazier’s tenure in El Mirage, a major rebuilding effort was undertaken to completely change the culture and professionalism of the organization. Combining existing staff with over 30 new staff members, implementing community policing, developing protocols and procedures, and building a solid foundation for providing effective customer service dramatically changed the way the department was perceived by the community.

Chief Frazier’s focus in Surprise will be as it has been throughout his career—strong ties with community members while leading an organization that emphasizes the principles of community policing, effective and efficient organizational performance, and superior customer service. Chief Frazier’s mantra is “Pride, Trust, and Safety.” The literal interpretation is his expectation that department performance will result in a community that is proud of their police department, has trust and confidence in its employees, and feels safe as they carry on their daily lives.

Chief Frazier holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies (1984) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University (1999).

Chief Frazier is married and has three children.



Surprise Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374
Phone: 623.222.4000
Fax: 623.222.4001
TDD: 623.222.4004


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