Police Department Structure
The Surprise Police Department is divided in four divisions: Field Operations, Administrative Services, Professional Development and Criminal Investigations. To learn more about each division and each unit’s operations, please read below.
Office of the Chief
The Chief of Police is the highest ranking sworn position and is responsible for the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Police Department. The Professional Standards Unit (PSU) is staffed with two Police Sergeants and is overseen by the Assistant Chief of Police. The PSU is responsible for conducting audits, inspections and internal investigations. The Commanders in each division report to the Assistant Chief.
The Administrative Services Division provides resources through numerous components which support the operations of the agency. The support functions include recruitment and training of all staff, management of Property and Evidence, maintaining state of the art technical equipment, records management and various other police services. The Commander of the division is supported by a Lieutenant, a Civilian Manager, two Sergeants, two Civilian Supervisors and many sworn and civilian employees.
- Property & Evidence
- 28-3511/Vehicle Impound Services
- Community Relations / Crime Prevention Unit
- Public Information Officers
- Citizens Patrol
Detectives provide experience and resources to patrol officers while investigating all types of criminal cases. Through the use of surveillance and intelligence gathering, criminal activity is investigated by members of this division. The Criminal Investigations Division also provides forensic support, assistance to victims of crime, community programs and 24 hour a day police and 911 communications services. The Commander of the division is supported by a Lieutenant, three Sergeants, a Civilian Manager and both sworn and civilian employees.
- Crimes Against Persons
- Property Crimes
- Crime Analysis
- Victim Advocacy
- Community Relations / Crime Prevention
- Public Information
- Citizens Patrol
A quick response to calls for service and high visibility neighborhood patrols are the primary functions of the Field Operations Division. Officers respond to approximately 84,000 calls annually for both emergency and routine service.
The Field Operations Division is organized into squads that provide 24 hour a day service to the community. Each squad is supervised by a Sergeant who works under the command of a Lieutenant. The over-all command of the Field Operations Division is the direct responsibility of a Commander.
- Patrol Squads
- Beat Teams
- School Resource Officers
- Traffic Enforcement
- Animal Control
- Prisoner Transport
- Park Ranger
The Professional Development Division is comprised of the Training and Recruiting Unit as well as the CALEA Accreditation manager. A police sergeant, several training officers, a civilian training coordinator and a recruitment officer make up the Training and Recruiting Unit.