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

PD Structure 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.

Administrative Services

PD Structure Admin The Administrative Services Division provides resources through numerous components which support the operations of the agency. The support functions include 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
  • Records
  • Community Relations / Crime Prevention Unit
  • Public Information Officers
  • Citizens Patrol

Criminal Investigation

The Criminal Investigations Division provides experience and resources to our patrol officers while investigating all types of criminal cases.  Detectives are assigned to one of four units within the division that focuses on cases related to that discipline: Property Crimes, Violent Crimes, Special Investigations, and the Neighborhood Response Unit.  Detectives utilize surveillance, intelligence gathering, forensics, and other investigation techniques to bring criminals to justice and to reduce criminal activity in the city.  The division also provides full time Victim Advocacy, Crime Analysis, Computer Forensics, and Crime Scene Processing for all areas of the department.  The Commander of the division is supported by a Lieutenant and four sergeants and reports to the Assistant Chief.

Field Operations

PD Field OperationA 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.

Field Operations

  • Patrol Squads
  • Beat Teams
  • School Resource Officers

Support Services

Professional Development

PD-recruitmentThe 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.