Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) for 2020, the association announced Friday at their annual General Membership Meeting and Board Installation Luncheon.
Chief Young previously served as First Vice President for AACOP. Chief Young has served as the Surprise Police Chief since July 2015. He began his career with the Surprise Police Department in 2010 after retiring as a Deputy Chief from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.Throughout his career, Chief Young has promoted a culture of exceptional service focused on community engagement and partnerships.
During his more than 25 years in law enforcement in the valley, he has achieved success in a wide variety of law enforcement functions, including: Patrol Operations, Investigations, Professional Standards, Personnel Management, Occupational Safety, Legal Compliance, Policy Development, Organizational Development, and Pre-Employment Services.
“Chief Young is very deserving of this honor,” says City Manager Michael Frazier. “He is ready for this expanded leadership role that supports all of Arizona’s law enforcement community and its partners. He will serve us well, and I am so very proud to work with someone whose leadership style encompasses strong ethics and empathy.”
Chief Young earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, as well as the FBI National Academy. For nearly 10 years Chief Young shared his knowledge and experience as an adjunct professor for Grand Canyon University.
The mission of AACOP is to promote and enhance cooperation and coordination between public and private entities in the interests of law enforcement in Arizona.