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2016 Flagstaff Police Department Annual Report

Project Manager Jennifer Brown

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS Mission Statement .............................................................................................................................................................................. 2 Message from the Chief .................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Command Staff Organizational Chart ........................................................................................................................................... 5 Vision Statement ................................................................................................................................................................................ 7 Organizational Goals ......................................................................................................................................................................... 8 Office of Professional Standards .................................................................................................................................................. 10 Awards and Recognitions ............................................................................................................................................................... 13 Personnel Demographics................................................................................................................................................................ 22 Police Employees per 1,000 Citizens............................................................................................................................................ 28 Field Operations – Patrol Division ............................................................................................................................................... 29 Traffic Enforcement........................................................................................................................................................................ 44 Emergency Services ......................................................................................................................................................................... 49 Criminal Investigations ................................................................................................................................................................... 54 Part One Crime Statistics .............................................................................................................................................................. 64 Street Crime Task Force ................................................................................................................................................................. 67 Community Relations ...................................................................................................................................................................... 70 Support Services Organizational Chart ........................................................................................................................................ 75 Emergency Communications ......................................................................................................................................................... 76 Records .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 79 Special Services ................................................................................................................................................................................. 83 Promotions........................................................................................................................................................................................ 84 Retired Employees ........................................................................................................................................................................... 85

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 The mission of the Flagstaff Police Department is to protect and preserve life, property, public order and the rights of the individual, by providing exemplary service through the establishment of a partnership of shared responsibility, support and trust with law abiding members of the community.

We value life - preserving life is our highest priority. We value the Constitution - it provides equal and enforceable standards for all. We value integrity – we recognize integrity as the basis for mutual respect and trust. We value service - by providing exemplary service we enhance our credibility and establish trust with the community. We value quality of life - We value our role in promoting an environment that enables people to preserve or enhance their quality of life through a partnership of shared responsibility and trust.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 It is with pleasure that I once again present to the public, the Flagstaff Police Department, (FPD) annual report. As the City of Flagstaff continues to grow, police services are challenged in new ways. As always, the men and women of the Flagstaff Police Department remain committed to our mission to preserve life, property, public order and the rights of the individuals through partnerships and a dedication to exemplary service to our citizens. We take pride in the fact that anyone in our community at any time can call us and we will respond, regardless of the nature of that call. Many know that other law enforcement agencies both near and far cannot make this claim, having reduced their calls for service by refusing to respond to certain types of crime or minor incidents. As Flagstaff grows, we continue to look for ways to effectively and efficiently allocate our limited resources. In the recent past, Flagstaff has seen significant changes. With the recovery in the economy, more people visit and recreate in Flagstaff, and some relocate here to call this wonderful community home. In order to meet the demands of increased population, increased students and student housing, new businesses and vibrant tourism, our department constantly looks for ways to ensure that our high level of service to our citizens is maintained. I firmly believe and research supports that the police can and do make a difference. With local growth, we have seen an increase in calls for service. There has been a corresponding decrease in time available for officers to re-invest in community policing activities, non-enforcement contacts with the public and proactive operations. There are 6% fewer officers on the department compared to 2009, with officers and dispatchers handling 6% more calls for service. The growth and work load impacts demonstrate a need for more officers and dispatchers. This is a conversation we will be having with Mayor and Council and the budget committee in 2017. In 2016, the Flagstaff Police Department continued our emphasis on community policing initiatives. We understand that the development of partnerships and relationships in our community is paramount in establishing trust, and that this collaboration and that trust leads to a higher quality of life and lower crime for our community. We establish these partnerships a number of ways, but paramount is the delivery of community support meetings. These meetings allow us to collaborate with our community, taking the opportunity to provide educational material and develop bonds with our citizens. I am proud to say that our community support meetings grew by 119% in 2016, with officers delivering or attending 320 meetings. The FPD Citizens Liaison Committee continued to meet monthly in 2016, and we held four well attended public meetings. We also conducted two Citizens Police Academies in 2016, and both classes were full. We sponsored a very well attended “National Night Out� in August, and were responsible for another very successful Law Enforcement Toy Drive at Christmas, where over 300 local families were served. We measure our abilities to effectively provide community policing a number of ways, including surveys sent out monthly to individuals we have had contact with. In 2016, those surveys revealed an 85% approval rating, exceeding the national benchmark of 77% for agencies our size. We also saw a slight reduction in founded citizen complaints in 2016, as compared to 2015. Flagstaff remains safer in the category of violent crime than national averages, with fewer part I violent crimes here locally than nationally. The Detectives of the Flagstaff Police Department are exceptional and continue to clear cases at rates much higher than national averages. In 2016, 84% of our violent crime was cleared compared to the national benchmark of 48%. The progress we have made in Domestic Violence in particular is one area that our community should be proud of. We saw a reduction of 9.3% in incidents of domestic violence in 2016, and this follows significant reductions in the last four years. Collectively, our community is experiencing nearly 25% less domestic violence than we were four years ago. I believe there is a lot that contributes to this, and like mentioned earlier, strong Page 3

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 partnerships and collaboration throughout the community has effectively addressed this issue and much credit is due community wide. The Flagstaff Police Department is proud that our revisions to our service of Orders of Protection and the development of our Lethality Assessment and Strangulation Supplemental have contributed to the decline in domestic violence through more effective investigations and prosecution. Sexual Assaults also fell by 15% in 2016. We need to remain vigilant in this area, as rape remains one of the most underreported crimes. The Flagstaff Police Department trains regularly on the effective investigation of these cases, and previously adopted protocols consistent with National Violence Against Women protocols, including anonymous reporting. An audit conducted in 2016 revealed no issues with un-tested sex assault kits on our Department, and we are committed to following state law currently proposed that would ensure all sex assault kits are tested in the future. Flagstaff has always remained high in the category of property crime, and 2016 again proved challenging. In 2015, we saw an unprecedented 13% decline in property crime, but unfortunately in 2016, we saw a 6% increase. We remain committed to those partnerships and programs focused on addressing this issue, including our Flagstaff Retail Asset Protection Association (FRAPA), our Repeat Offender Program (ROPE), the Lock It or Lose It initiative and public outreach. Our detectives division once again outpaced the National Benchmark by clearing 39% of property crime locally, compared to the national clearance rate of 19.7%. The Flagstaff Police Department arrested 595 DUI drivers in 2016, which equates to 8.45 DUI arrests per 1000, nearly double the national average of 4.7 per 1000. This year, several of our officers were certified in DUI drug recognition, and we adopted a proactive program called “Know Your Limit� where officers allowed citizens in the downtown area to consent to a breath test to determine their blood alcohol content BEFORE driving. We will continue our efforts in DUI enforcement in 2017, as keeping impaired drivers off our streets is integral to public safety. In 2016, investigators and agents with the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force completed the largest investigation of drug and narcotics activity in our history as part of Operation Nightfall. This year and a half long investigation, in collaboration with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, (FBI), netted 50 individuals responsible for trafficking dangerous drugs in our community. With tourism in Flagstaff growing and thriving, we have seen an increase in vehicle collisions the past three years. We have confronted this issue by ensuring our officers are enforcing our traffic laws at the locations accidents are occurring, and for infractions that are causing collisions. This is the one area we have been impacted the most by our staffing challenges, as with fewer officers on the road and available for proactive traffic enforcement, fewer traffic stops are made. Our Support Services staff also performed admirably in 2016. Our 911 Dispatch Center is also staffed lower than it was pre-recession, but services more partners today and experiences the same increase in calls for service as the police and fire departments. Today, approximately 85% of all medical calls taken in this Center receive Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD). This is a program where a certified dispatcher provides lifesaving instructions to callers by phone so that life saving measures can be taken on scene immediately while the caller awaits the arrival of first responders. We had several incidents in 2016 where these efforts were attributed directly to saving lives. Our Records Division, Evidence and Property Control are all working at staffing levels lower compared to 2009, and these capable and dedicated employees have also assumed the increased work load with professionalism and grace. We appreciate our community, our many partners and support, and look forward to the opportunities 2017 promises.

Kevin D. Treadway Chief, Flagstaff Police Department

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Chief of Police Kevin D. Treadway

Professional Standards Field Operations

Sgt. Jay

Lt. Scott Mansfield -Detectives Lt. Frank Higgins - Patrol Lt. Lance Roberts - Patrol Lt. Paul Lasiewicki - Patrol

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Support Services

Deputy Chief Miller Deputy Chief Musselman

Irene Hunkler Emergency Communications Manager

Jennifer Brown Support Services Manager


The Flagstaff Police Department will be a model public safety agency, committed to public service first, through professional, effective and equitable enforcement of federal, state and local laws. To fulfill this vision, the Flagstaff Police Department is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and to the development of its members through effective training and leadership, and to ensure its members are cared for both physically and mentally. Through this mission and vision we achieve our Department Motto of “Ad Honorem,” meaning “in honorable service of others, without expectation of personal gain.”

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Property Crime: Improve security for the citizens of Flagstaff by addressing the high rate of property crimes. 2016 Goal: Reduce property crimes to be within 20% of the National Benchmark in CY 16. The National Benchmark is at 27.31 property crimes per 1,000 residents. 2016 Actual: CY 16 consisted of 40 property crimes reported and investigated per 1,000 residents, an increase from the 38 in CY 15. This represents an 8% increase from 2015. We will continue to work toward achieving the National Benchmark. 2016 Goal: Maintain the current outstanding clearance rate for Property Crimes in comparison to the National Benchmark of 19.7% by identifying and aggressively pursuing prosecution of repeat offenders while maximizing use of Property Crimes Detectives to employ intelligence-led policing. 2016 Actual: In CY 16 the Property Crime clearance rate was 39%, which is 19% higher than the National Benchmark of 19.7%. Goals to Enhance Quality of Life: Enhance the quality of life for Flagstaff’s citizens by expanding our community policing philosophy of promoting partnerships of shared responsibility, support and trust with law abiding members of the community. 2016 Goal: A 5% increase in participation in all community policing programs from CY 15. 2016 Actual: In 2016, we conducted 320 community support meetings resulting in a 19% increase. 2016 Goal: A 5% reduction in public intoxicant contacts from CY 15 (2871). 2016 Actual: In CY 16 we had 3586 public intoxicants, an increase of 25% 2016 Goal: Maintain Part II drug arrests to exceed the National Benchmark of 4.9 arrests per 1,000 residents. 2016 Actual: Arrests for Part II drug offenses resulted in 10.5 arrests per 1,000 residents.

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Improve community safety by collaborating with agency partners and the community, while fully utilizing all investigating resources, prosecution and disposition of all Part I crimes and domestic violence cases. 2016 Goal: Maintain a clearance rate for Part I violent crimes in order to meet the National Benchmark of 48.1% for CY 16. 2016 Actual: The clearance rate for Part I violent crime in CY 16 was 84%. 2016 Goal: Reduce Part I violent crimes to meet the National Benchmark of 3.66 per 1,000 residents through increased enforcement activities by patrol officers. 2016 Actual: CY 16 had 251 violent crimes, for a rate of 3.66 per 1,000 residents matching the National Benchmark. CY 16 had a 2% decrease from CY 15. CY 15 violent crimes were 255. 2016 Goal: Reduce domestic violence incidents by 5% from CY 15. 2016 Actual: In CY 16 1,516 domestic violence incidents were investigated, a decrease of 9.3%.

Goals to Reduce Collisions: Collision Reduction: Promote traffic safety on Flagstaff’s streets by identifying and targeting the causes of motor vehicle collisions and providing highly visible deterrents. 2016 Goal: Reduce collisions by 5% from CY 08 (3,129 collisions) and maintain this number through CY 16. 2016 Actual: In 2016 we investigated 2,962 traffic collisions which is a 5% reduction from CY 08 numbers. 2016 Goal: Maintain CY 08 level of DUI arrests to exceed the National Benchmark of 4.7 DUI arrests per 1,000 residents. 2016 Actual: In CY 16 - 595 DUI arrests were made for an arrest rate of 8.4 per 1,000 residents.

Responsiveness: 2016 Goal: Assure response time to priority one calls remain below the National Benchmark of 5.73 minutes. 2016 Actual: In CY 16 our average response time to priority one calls was 4.16 minutes. 2016 Goal: Achieve a 5% reduction in sustained complaints from CY 09 (13 sustained complaints). 2016 Actual: In CY16, seven complaints were sustained a 46% decrease from 2009. 2016 Goal: Maintain CY 08 positive customer service survey rates that exceed the National Benchmark of 77%. 2016 Actual: In CY 16, the positive response rate on customer service surveys was 85%.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 The Office of Professional Standards is staffed with one Sergeant. The Sergeant works directly for the Chief of Police, this Sergeant is responsible for coordinating and overseeing professional standards investigations, shooting investigations, audits and inspections, pre-employment background investigations, drug screening policies, administrative research projects and the review of use of force reports. Hiring Over 71 applications were accepted for sworn officer positions, including recruits and lateral positions. Twenty-seven pre-employment background investigations were conducted resulting in the hiring of 11 police officers. Qualified applicants proceeded through the application process which includes a written examination, physical agility test, oral board interviews and an extensive background employee check. Seventeen extensive civilian pre-employment background investigations were conducted, five civilians and five interns were hired to work in the Emergency Communications, Detectives and Records Divisions. Pre-Academy orientation was conducted in 2016 for ten police officer recruits. The orientations provide information on what to expect as a recruit in the police academy. It is instructed by the Office of Professional Standards Sergeant with the assistance of Special Enforcement Officers. Internal Affairs The Office of Professional Standards Sergeant accepts, assigns, tracks and investigates external and internal complaints regarding employee misconduct. The department thoroughly investigates all complaints involving employees in order to preserve public confidence in the police. All investigations are conducted in accordance with applicable department standards and the law. In most cases, the supervisor of the employee conducts the investigations into the alleged misconduct. The Office of Professional Standards investigates allegations of serious misconduct and those that are complex in nature. The command staff, including the Chief, reviews all citizen complaints and Internal Affairs investigations to approve the findings. All complainants are contacted at the conclusion of the investigation. In 2016, one-hundred forty-five (13 for dispatching critically injured animals) “Use of Force Reports� were completed by officers. The department investigated 65 citizen complaints in 2016 (up from 55 in 2015 15% increase) and received 52 commendation letters from citizens and other organizations.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 DISPOSITION OF CITIZEN COMPLAINTS Disposition Sustained Partially Sustained Unfounded Exonerated Not Sustained Withdrawn Total



10 12

14% 17%

33 9 7 1 71

46% 13% 9% 1% 100%

Citizen Complaints by Ethnic Origin of Complainant

Asian 0%

Unknown 2%

Caucasian Hispanic African American Native American

Native American 19%

Caucasian 68%

African American 8%

Asian Unknown

Hispanic 3%







African American



Native American











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Number Percent




Partially Sustained Not Sustained Unfounded Total



1 0 7

14% 0.0% 100%

Disposition of Internal Affairs Investigation Complaints

Unfounded, 0%, (0) Not Sustained, 14%, (1) Partially Sustained, 14%, (1)

Sustained Partially Sustained Not Sustained Unfounded Sustained, 71%, (5)

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2016 City Managers Excellence Award Janelle Mickelson The employees of the City of Flagstaff strive to provide excellent customer service in every program and service we provide to each other and to our community. While customer service is expected of each of us, there are some employees that go beyond our expectation and achieve the extraordinary in service delivery and customer satisfaction. To recognize those individuals and to hold them up as examples, employees may be presented with one of the City Manager’s Excellence Awards. Since the City’s slogan/motto is “Service at a Higher Elevation” the awards were named after the highest points of the San Francisco Peaks. In 2016, Janelle Mickelson was awarded the Freemont Teamwork Award for her hard work during an outage with our payroll system. Janelle worked furiously and on her days of to ensure all employees of the Flagstaff Police Department was entered into the payroll system. Thank you for your service.

2016 City Managers Excellence Award Emergency Communications Specialist Jessica Hallett J

Jessica Hallett was hired as an Emergency Communications Specialist (ECS) by the Flagstaff Police Department on August 5, 2013. She has excelled in this position and has demonstrated formal and informal leadership roles throughout her tenure making her a high quality employee. Jessica takes pride in her job and represents the Flagstaff Police Department, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Flagstaff by providing our community with the highest quality customer service. She routinely provides customer service to victims of crime, suicidal subjects and those who require medical attention. Jessica is very dedicated to the Emergency Medical Dispatching program and routinely provides pre-arrival medical lifesaving instructions to those in need until first responders arrive on scene. Jessica recently received a letter of commendation for performing lifesaving CPR. She received a secondary call from a woman advising they had called medics for their friend, who had passed out and was now not breathing. Jessica stated "We need to start CPR", the caller replied "ok, but I don't know it", Jessica responded, "I can walk you through it, I need you down next to him." Her firm response to the caller's panic and resistance to beginning CPR was essential. She gave clear specific instruction, not dissuaded by the caller's reluctance. As the caller put the telephone on speaker, Jessica was able to coach him to conduct CPR all the way giving him constant assurance that he was doing a good job and help was on the way. Jessica encouraged him to continue compressions until the medics arrived and took over CPR. She concluded the call telling him what a great job he had done and how he had helped his friend.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Additionally, Jessica is a great communicator, and an excellent team player. She has received several Personnel Performance Reports (PPR’s) regarding the initiative she takes to update information in the dispatch references books as passed on to her and passing along the information to her co-workers. With the various shifts worked within the center she makes sure she shares the information with those not working via e-mail. Jessica received a letter of commendation for the teamwork displayed during the May 23, 2016; officer involved shooting that started at the Drury Inn. Jessica is a Certified Training Officer (CTO) and supports the goal of the Communications Center of having every Emergency Communications Specialist cross-trained to work all radio channels within the center. When not training a new employee, Jessica willing trains her co-workers on the Coconino County radios or sets herself up to be trained on an additional Police Department channel. Jessica supports the goals of the Communications Center and recognizes working as a team with all sections within the Police Department is what makes our center the best of the best. Jessica takes pride in her position and takes it to heart when she says that at the end of the day her job is to assure she does everything possible to keep our officers safe throughout their shift and able to go home to their families at the end of the day.

2016 VFW Officer of the Year Officer Matt Schmidt Matt was hired in July of 2007, since then he has excelled as an investigator. His file is full of comments and commendations for good investigations, and he is consistently one of the top producers on his patrol squad. He has received outstanding performance reviews over the last two years. Matt also serves as a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and on the Collision Reconstruction Team. As a Phlebotomist he assisted his fellow officers in 71 DUI investigations over the year, twice as many as the rest of the phlebotomists. He completed a previous tour of duty as a State Gang Task Force Officer. During the past year Matt was recognized for some specific acts of investigative professionalism. In one incident, he conducted follow up on a stolen purse which lead to him getting video from where the stolen credit card had been used a short time after the purse was stolen. Schmidt recognized the suspect and wrote a search warrant for her residence. This resulted in recovery of some stolen property, and charges for theft of a credit card, forgery of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card (4 counts), theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In January of 2016, Matt made contact with a subject for littering. The subject had a warrant and was arrested. While inventorying his backpack, Matt found an identification card that did not belong to the subject. Matt contacted the owner and it was discovered that they had not lost the ID but it had been stolen along with a cell phone which was also located in the subjects backpack. Matt conducted an additional interview with the subject and was able to get him to admit that he had stolen the items from an unlocked car at Mikes Pike and Phoenix Ave. The subject was also charged with auto burglary. Additionally, Matt is very active in our community by coaching year-round youth baseball, youth soccer and a softball team. Matt’s actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the police profession and provide an excellent example of his dedication to the Mission of the Flagstaff Police Department, which is why he was selected by his peers as the 2016 VFW officer of the year. Page 15

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Lifesaving Award Corporal Charles Hernandez On May 11, 2016 Corporal Hernandez was off-duty and on his way home from a high school banquet with his wife and children. Corporal Hernandez was travelling east on East Route 66 approaching Postal Blvd. when he noticed several vehicles stopping in the roadway for what looked like a vehicle collision. As he neared closer to the intersection, he observed a male subject lying face up on the ground with a small crowd of people gathering around him and another man kneeling beside him. It was obvious this man had been struck by a vehicle and was severely injured. Corporal Hernandez instructed his wife to call 911 and immediately exited his vehicle responding to the injured man, who by now was receiving CPR by another male at the scene. Corporal Hernandez accessed the injured man checking his pulse and breathing and found that he had no pulse and was not breathing. The man was bleeding from his mouth and head and had a severely broken leg. The male administering CPR did not seem to be having any affect and Corporal Hernandez took over for him until medics arrived on scene. Corporal Hernandez administered CPR and noticed that the male had begun to gurgle up blood from his mouth. At this point another officer arrived on scene and was asked to check his pulse. A pulse was located and the male subject slowly began to breathe on his own and CPR was ceased. Corporal Hernandez remained with this subject coaching and encouraging him to breathe until medics arrived and ultimately transported him to FMC for treatment. Corporal Hernandez is commended for his actions in saving the life of another. He did all of this without hesitation and while off-duty. His quick response and life-saving actions are in line with the mission of the Flagstaff Police Department to protect and preserve life.

2016 Exchange Club Officer of the Year Detective Todd Martinet Todd Martinet is an eleven year veteran of the Flagstaff Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations section and is one of our lead Domestic Violence Detectives. His work ethic and professional attitude show his dedication to our department and our community. His file is full of commendations and thank you notes from citizens, partner agencies and crime victims. Todd is the perfect combination of a proactive detective and quality investigator. He has helped present and train with many of our partner agencies. He has assisted in the investigation of multiple homicides, three officer involved shootings, including one in which our own officer was murdered. He also was lead detective in a homicide case earlier this year in which his investigation helped secure a guilty verdict. According to his supervisors, he is consistently one of the top producers of all facets of investigative work. Todd has also been big part of moving our agency forward. He helped coordinate: Better protocols for serving orders of protection on violent offenders, the design and implementation of a lethality assessment, to educate judges, on the dangers a domestic violence victim is facing, and coordinated the roll out of the Department’s DV Strangulation Reference Guide. Through these DV initiatives, the Department has seen a significant two year reduction in Domestic Violence calls. Recently, Todd has been able to secure convictions in Domestic Violence strangulation cases, supporting some of the most traumatized victims we serve, by breaking the cycle of violence. As a testament to Todd’s dedication to our agency, victims of crime, and the police profession, we are honored to have him recognized as the Exchange Club Officer of the Year.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year Officer Kelly Ingram Officer Kelly Ingram has been selected as the Mothers against Drunk Driving Officer of the year. Over the course of the last year she was one of the top producers in the number of arrests made for Driving under the Influence (DUI). Ingram made 23 DUI arrests during the 12 months immediately preceding this nomination. Upon becoming an officer in 2010, Ingram had the foresight to pursue the training and education to make herself a better investigator. She became a General Instructor in 2014, attended Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Training (HGN), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement (ARIDE) and became a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Additionally, Ingram serves our community outside of the enforcement role. She presents a DUI prevention class to driver’s education students at the high school level and serves as the department liaison in the monthly DUI Impact Panels in our community. She is a valued member of our Collision Reconstruction Team, a Field Training Officer and regularly conducts in-service training for her squad mates on DUI Topics. Her actions save lives and property in our community, which are in support of the mission of the Flagstaff Police Department.

2016 Eric J. Lindstrom Leadership Award Officer Matt Monteverde Matt Monteverde began his career with our agency in April of 2000, after completing three years with the US Navy. Although Matt worked predominately in the patrol section, he tried to spread his impact into all areas of police work, by completing various terms in the Public Relations Office, Housing Authority Communities, Traffic Unit, and the Criminal Investigation Section. Matt has also served in various capacities to include; Field Training Officer, State Gang Taskforce, Crisis Intervention Team, on our Honor Guard, as a SWAT Operator, A Firearms and Patrol Rifle Instructor, and as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. Matt can always be counted on to assist with training both formally and informally and has conducted more training for his peers than any other Officer over the past several years. Matt’s file is full of commendations and thank you letters for his service to our community. Some of the more formal recognitions include: • • •

A commendation for medically treating a citizen who sliced his arm while working at our County Fair. A commendation for catching a group of juveniles who were responsible for multiple burglaries committed in the Cheshire neighborhood. A City Managers award for conducting lifesaving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on female subject who was down and not breathing.

Additionally Matt has intervened in multiple situations involving armed and distraught subjects and has been able to resolve those using superior tactics without the deploying deadly force. What also helps set Matt apart is his compassion. He serves as a role model for all of us involved in public service for his wide and varied random acts of kindness. While on active duty during a coffee break at the Starbucks drive-thru in his fully marked FPD patrol vehicle, Matt paid the bill for the order of the person in the vehicle behind him. We are honored to have Matt recognized as the first recipient of the Eric J. Lindstrom Leadership Award. Page 17

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 2016 FPD Civilian Employee of the Year Val Hernandez Excellence Award Administrative Specialist - Allison Hughes

Allison Hughes was nominated by her supervisor due to her determination, hard work, effectiveness and efficiency. Allison is all things professional and attentive to the minutest of detail. She never hesitates taking on any challenge or difficult task such as the taking on learning the job duties of the Command Staff Administrative Assistant, to help cover while the employee is out on medical leave. She also makes sure these projects are successfully completed and continues to manage her regular work duties in Records. During the last few months Allison took on the challenge to show her leadership skills in the Records and Administrative sections. She helped in re-organizing the Internal Affair Process. She has cleaned up the administrative storage room and has properly identified items for purging which are no longer needed. Electronic forms have been created to replace paper ones, and Allison continues to streamline processes in a fashion that is convenient for all. Allison has created a shared calendar and shared electronic workspace for Records and Administrative staff to communicate more effectively. For the Command Staff, she moved all the files in one shared folder so staff has access to these files at the tip of their fingers. Allison has also become the secretary for the Community Liaison Committee, Public Safety Retirement Board, and continues to assist Command Staff with numerous projects. Allison’s skills are not limited to the working space. She has always maintained a very positive and friendly attitude towards all our customers both internal and external. She is able to work under pressure and has always managed to solve stressful situations. Allison is a leader in the Administrative Specialist Section. She continues to improve forms, procedures and strives to make the section a positive and productive environment. Although she has been reassigned, she continues to do Records Section tasks in her free time. She has taken on the additional responsibility with great pride and understands the true meaning of team player. She is constantly suggesting new ideas, streamlining procedures and yet continues to be consistent in her regular job duties. Allison is an enjoyable person to have around, is a hard worker and always tries to create a positive ambiance. She epitomizes all the good things in the Flagstaff Police Department and that is why she has been chosen for the 2016 Valerie Hernandez Excellence Award (civilian employee of the year).

2016 Flagstaff Police Department Officer of the Year The Flagstaff Police Department has announced the 2016 Flagstaff Police Department Officer of the Year. Due to this Officers undercover status the name will not be published. We do congratulate the Officer for a job well done.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Medal of Courage Sergeant Collin Seay, Corporal Ben Sandoval, Officers Joe Candelaria, Tyler Romney, Andrew Hoffman, Morgan Murray, Michael Hansen, Trevor Cooper, Eric Tomperi, Jason Cota, Colton Hutchinson, Jarrett Shughart, Nick Ashland .

On May 23, 2016, the above listed Officers along with other members of the Flagstaff Police Department and Northern Arizona University Police, responded to a report of a man with a gun call on the Northern Arizona University campus. The call quickly escalated to a shots fired critical incident, when the suspect pointed his gun at an officer and other officers returned fire. The suspect then fled the scene. The above officers put themselves in harms way, chasing and trying to contain the armed suspect, all the while giving him commands to drop his weapon. Officers exposed themsleves to this suspect and other dangers, while crossing a busy intersection during rush hour traffic and pursuing him through residentail areas with very little effective cover. Officers requested schools in the area be locked down. During this pursuit the suspect discharged his weapon while in an alley. The incident ultimately concluded in the area of West Phoenix Avenue and South Park Street. The suspect attempted to car jack a citizen at gunpoint and then pointed his firearm at responding officers. The courage displayed by these officers by pursuing an armed suspect and ultimately containing him until he again threatened them with deadly force was extremely courageous and worthy of recognition. Your dedication to the safety of our community and fellow officers show your commitment to our agency and its mission, our profession and community. The above officers are hereby awarded the Flagstaff Police Department Medal of Courage for exposing themselves to grave personal risk in the performance of an official act.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Medal of Courage Corporal Michael Lavelle, Officer Melissa Seay and Officer Zach Syers

On July 13, 2016, at 0410 hours, Offier Melissa Seay responded to a 911 hang up call at the Relax Inn. Upon her arrival she began her investigation and made contact with a vehicle, identifying the occupants. Based on the information provided, one of the occupants was identified as having a valid warrant. Officer Syers arrived to back up Officer Seay. Officer Seay attempted to place the warrant suspect under arrest, once he stepped out of the car. The call quickly escalated to a critical incident, when the suspect broke free of Officer Seay’s grasp and began drawing a firearm from his wasitband. Both Officers drew their duty weapons based on the threat. Officer Syers observed Myers fleeing from them with the gun in his right hand. Officers Seay and Syers pursued the armed suspect until he jumped a fence. They called for additional units, returned to their cars, and drove to the area where the suspect was thought to have gone. The suspect was spotted again by Cpl. Lavelle, and he and Officer Seay gave chase again, relaying via radio that the suspect was attempting to return to the Relax Inn. Officer Syers set up behind the Relax Inn with his patrol rifle. The incident ultimately concluded in the area of 1321 Circle View Drive, where the suspect was hiding behind a vehicle. The suspect did not immediately comply with the officers commands to show his hands, after multiple commands he exited his position of cover. The suspect then made a furtive movement with his hands towards his waistband, where he previsouly had his firearm. Sensing an immediate threat of deadly violence, lethal force was used. The above officers put themselves in harms way, chasing and trying to contain an armed suspect, while giving him commands to drop his weapon and put his hands up. Officers exposed themsleves to the armed suspect and other dangers, while crossing a debris filled drainage, and pursuing the suspect through residential areas with very little effective cover. The courage displayed by these officers by pursuing an armed suspect and ultimately containing him, was extremely courageous and worthy of recognition. Their dedication to the safety of our community shows their commitment to our agency and its mission. The above officers are hereby awarded the Flagstaff Police Department Medal of Courage for exposing themselves to grave personal risk in the performance of an official act.

2016 Volunteer of the Year Award Darlene Ryan Often the quiet individuals with exceptional skills are overlooked for our various Department Awards. These same individuals do not seek the spotlight, but are superstars. We believe a little light should be shown on Darlene Ryan, who volunteers in our Records Section. Darlene Ryan was nominated by the Records Section because she is a role model for all to follow. Darlene brings a positive, professional and dedicated demeanor to the Department. Darlene takes it upon herself to make new volunteers feel comfortable and provides training as needed. Because she is so familiar with the Police Department, she is able to offer insight, tips and tricks to accomplishing volunteer tasks in records. Darlene assists records each year with the purging of our jail bookings. This is a huge undertaking. We only have room to keep four (4) years of bookings on our shelves. Darlene Page 20

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 goes through our filing system and pulls bookings that can be placed in storage. This process typically takes several weeks working several hours, two to three times a week. Ideally this is a task best completed with two or more people working to pull records. When no one else was available this year, Darlene completed the task herself. Records also recently learned Darlene is fluent in Spanish. A Spanish speaking only individual approached our window for assistance. Darlene took time out of the records purging process to assist us in understanding the needs of this customer allowing us to provide better customer service in the individual’s primary language. Because of all she has done and her great attitude we are happy to announce Darlene Ryan as our 2016 volunteer of the year.

2016 Community Champion Award Mr. Brian Montano The Community Champion Award is given to a person/ business/entity that goes above and beyond in nurturing intra community relationships that help reduce conditions that contribute to crime within the City of Flagstaff. On June 20, 2016 Brian Montano had just finished watching a movie at Harkins Theatre and was getting into his vehicle to go home. While seated in the driver seat of his car he observed a vehicle strike an unattended vehicle in a parking stall to his left as the suspect vehicle attempted to park in an empty space. The suspect made the poor decision to back out and flee the area without leaving the required information. Brian quickly identified this rapidly evolving situation as a hit and run and responded by exiting his vehicle to attain the suspect’s license plate. Thankfully the suspect turned to drive past Brian allowing him to successfully attain a license plate and vehicle description. Brian could have remained in his car and called police at this time, but instead he followed the suspect vehicle on foot through the parking lot and observed it park at the opposite end of the parking lot. Brian proceeded to carefully observe the male suspect and attained an exact description of the suspect. Once again, Brian could have departed at this point and simply called the matter in, but instead he remained on scene for police to come. While investigating this crime, Cpl. Sandoval faced an uphill battle with locating the suspect who was driving his mother’s vehicle, but Brian was more than willing to offer his assistance and remained on scene in an effort to help identify the suspect. With Brian’s the suspect was identified and held accountable. Brian, through his actions was able to help out the victim of a crime as well as the investigating officer and therefore we are pleased to present him with our Community Champion Award.

Community Champion Award Misty Titus and Ashley Yates The Community Champion Award is given to a person/ business/entity that go above and beyond in nurturing intra community relationships that help reduce conditions that contribute to crime within the City of Flagstaff. On January 26, 2016, while Misty Titus was parked in the Flagstaff Mall parking lot visiting with her friend, Ashley Yates, she became aware of a young man as he approached another unoccupied car that was parked nearby. Remembering that Ashley had left a bag on the ground outside her car, Misty alerted Ashley to the man’s presence so she could move her bag to a secure location. As she alerted Ashley of the man’s presence, Misty saw the young man throw a rock at a nearby parked car and then reach into the car to steal property from the car. Acting quickly, Misty immediately called 911 and calmly directed police to the man’s location where he was promptly apprehended. The subsequent investigation revealed the man observed by Ashley and Misty was responsible for a total of four vehicle burglaries committed that evening. But for Misty’s and Ashley’s sense of civic responsibility and quick actions, the victims of those burglaries would not have been served such quick and thorough justice. The Flagstaff Police Department thanks them for being Community Champions.

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Demographics for Sworn & Civilian Personnel

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100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

8 1

2 Caucasian


Native American

African American

Sworn Personnel Age 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

41 35

21 7

MOTOR SQUAD 21 to 29

30 to 39

40 to 49

50 +

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Sworn Personnel Years of Service 40


35 30


25 20 15






5 0 0 to 3

4 to 6

7 to 9

10 to 15

16 to 19

20 +

Sworn Personnel Education 60


50 35

40 30 20 10





0 High School Some College Associates Degree

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Bachelors Degree

Masters Degree



Sworn Personnel 11 Male Female 93


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Civilian Personnel Race/Ethnicity 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0







Native American

0 African American

Civilian Personnel Age 18 16

16 14

14 12



9 Civilian

8 6 4 2 0 21 to 29

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30 to 39

40 to 49

50 +



Civilian Personnel Years of Service


20 15 8

10 5


Civilian 6

5 1

0 0 to 3

4 to 6

7 to 9

10 to 15

16 to 19

20 +

Civilian Personnel Education 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0

19 14

Civilian 5


5 0

High School

Some College

Associates Bachelors Degree Degree

Masters Degree


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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Civilian Personnel 7 Male Female 41

Police Employees per 1,000 Citizens Data derived from 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report


Employees per 1,000 Citizens





0.0 Flagstaff Avondale Buckeye Civilian Index Sworn Index

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0.7 1.6

0.6 1.3

0.5 1.4

Lake Casa Goodyear Havasu Grande City 0.7 0.4 0.7 1.4 1.2 1.3

Arizona 1.5 1.9

Cities 50K to 99K 0.4 1.5

National 1.0 2.3


Deputy Chief Dan Musselman

Community Relations Sgt Runge 1 SRO Officer 1Hoursing Officer Training Coordinator

Criminal Investigation Lt. Scott Mansfield

Patrol Lieutenants Lt. Frank Higgins

Patrol Lieutenants Lt. Lance Roberts

Patrol Lieutenants Lt. Paul Lasiewicki

Criminal Investigations Street Crimes Task Force

2 Patrol Squads Special Enforcement Squad

2 Patrol Squads King Squad Traffic Unit

2 Patrol Squads 1 Animal Control Officer

Emergency Services Tactical Operations Explosives Disposal Hostage Negotiations

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Deputy Chief Dan Musselman The Operations Division of the Flagstaff Police Department is committed to providing the citizens of Flagstaff exemplary service. While each of the two sections within the Operations Division – Patrol and Criminal Investigations – has unique roles and responsibilities, they collaborate as a team to prevent crime, solve cases and keep our city safe. Other units that fall under the leadership of the Operations Division include: the Community Relations/Crime Prevention Office, the Department Training Coordinator, and the Street Crimes Task Force (METRO). The highly trained and well-equipped Emergency Services Response Teams, including Tactical Operations, Negotiations and the Bomb Squad, also fall within the Operations Division where they stand vigilant and ready to protect our community. The Patrol Division, the largest unit within the Police Department, is most often associated with uniformed police officers in marked patrol cars, on bicycles or on foot patrol. The men and women of the Patrol Section work around the clock every day of the year, providing professional and courteous service to the Flagstaff Community. The Patrol Division has six patrol squads comprised of approximately six to ten officers, one special enforcement squad, a traffic squad, and one squad consisting of a Sergeant and four officers assigned to the Sunnyside neighborhood. Most of the squads are supervised by a Sergeant and a Corporal and each of the three Patrol Lieutenants oversee the activities of two to three squads. One Lieutenant is assigned to duty during nighttime hours in order to assure greater communication between command staff and line-officers. When not actively responding to citizen initiated calls for service, patrol officers conduct proactive enforcement and education in neighborhoods and business areas to reduce crime and improve quality of life. The typical duties of a police officer include crime prevention, maintaining order, traffic enforcement, crime and collision investigation, responding to calls for service, and report writing.

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% Change

Part One Crimes




Part One Crimes Cleared
















Domestic Violence Incidents




Public Assist













Training Hours




Field Interviews




Public Intoxicants




Animal Control Calls for Service




Part Two Crimes* Reports Taken Arrests Total Calls for Service

Presentations & Media Releases Community Policing Contacts Patrol Hours in Field

*includes unfounded crimes

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ADULT 0 5 11 187 30 748 8 637 10 10 5 3 5 265 19 1 112 54 573 0 27 496 675 755 1005 0 0 5642

JUVENILE 0 1 0 13 8 100 0 56 5 0 0 0 1 28 1 0 1 4 86 0 2 3 85 59 26 0 1 492

2016 TOTAL 0 6 11 200 38 848 8 693 15 10 5 3 6 293 20 1 113 58 659 0 29 499 760 814 1031 0 1 6134

2015 TOTAL 0 8 9 171 28 782 11 665 5 9 2 3 12 292 13 0 127 37 599 0 36 586 860 758 786 1 1 5710

% CHANGE 0% -25% 22% 17% 36% 8% -27% 4% 200% 11% 150% 0% -50% 0.3% 54% 100% -11% 57% 10% 0% -19% -14% -12 7% 31% -100% 0% 7%

*Count represents the number of charges, not the number of persons arrested

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Police Calls Holding Ten Year Comparison 2007-2016 12












6.6 20 Minute Calls Holding


60 Minute Calls Holding 4 2.1











0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Police Calls For Service and Reports Taken Ten Year Comparison 2007-2016 60,000 50,000 40,000 Police Calls


Reports 20,000 10,000 0 2007










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2016 Arrests by Offense

400 350 300 250 200

African American





50 0

African American Asian Caucasian Native American


Agg Assault

17 2 279 192

7 1 105 101

Native American Disorder Public Sexual Shoplfiti Assault ly Consum Assault ng Conduct ption 11 24 2 0 21 4 6 1 0 0 237 268 66 7 281 306 359 407 3 304

*Caucasian includes Hispanic persons arrested

2016 Arrest by Age Offender TOTAL


55 and over 50 to 54 45 to 49 40 to 44 35 to 39 30 to 34 25 to 29 21 to 24 18 to 20 15 to 17 13 to 14 12 and under

7% 6% 8% 9% 11% 13% 16% 12% 10% 5% 2% 1% 0

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Felony and Misdemeanor Arrests 2016 Felony



447 1114 73 Adult Juvenile



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HOMELAND SECURITY The Flagstaff Police Department remains vigilant for suspicious subjects and activities at all times. Officers patrol critical infrastructure targets during random times day and night. Officers maintain a presence at all city council meetings and other public meetings or events as necessary. The Flagstaff Police Department maintains perimeter patrols and patrol of all airport facilities as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. The Flagstaff Police Department trains and equips its officers to effectively respond to terrorist threats and maintain homeland security. The Police Department has a regional Bomb Squad and a multiagency regional SWAT Team for incident response throughout Northern Arizona. These specialty units are the primary responders for all major infrastructure in Coconino County including the Glenn Canyon Dam located in Page, Arizona. The Police Department continues to explore grant opportunities for both training and needed equipment. The Flagstaff Police Department maintains a close working relationship with our federal law enforcement partners.

COMPSTAT PROGRAM 2016 marks the ninth full year of the Department’s use of the CompStat policing model. CompStat calls for a multifaceted, dynamic approach to crime reduction and resource allocation. Data is collected, disseminated and analyzed on a regular basis so effective strategies and tactics can be developed to prevent or solve crimes. Using these strategies, the Flagstaff Police Department and its resources are rapidly deployed to most effectively reduce crime and protect property. The final principle of CompStat is relentless follow-up and assessment to ensure results are achieved. One of the many benefits to CompStat is through constant assessment, follow-up and intelligence gathering we are able to define specific crime trends and deploy resources in an effort to prevent crime before it occurs. Police Sergeants and Corporals are responsible for analyzing data, developing and implementing crime reduction strategies for specific geographic areas or specific times of the day based on the CompStat report. Weekly crime bulletins provided by the Crime Analyst and monthly CompStat meetings allow the Chief of Police and his Command Staff to collaborate with the Sergeants and other supervisors to review and refine these strategies and hold each member of the Police Department team accountable for effective results. We have also instituted leadership training once every quarter to include training on police professionalism, liability issues, current events, new policies and to increase employee engagement with the leaders of our department.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS The mission of the Police Division is to protect and preserve life, property, the rights of the individual and public order. This is accomplished through a process of collaboration and teamwork with individuals and organizations in our community. We believe protecting life and property, preserving the peace, and upholding the rights of individuals are among our highest priorities. We accomplish our mission using community policing programs, data driven decision making, intelligence led policing and other proactive tactics to suppress crime, apprehend criminal offenders and help hold them accountable. The uniformed patrol division, criminal investigations division and various specialty assignments and task force operations comprise the operational units of the Flagstaff Police Department. We placed two Emergency Communications Trainees into a formal Dispatch Academy and provided in-house advanced training to existing employees. We revised CompStat by introducing a strategic management system to allow for more timely information sharing and preemptive policing to help prevent crime. Staff conducted an analysis of CompStat data to determine the most frequent location and root cause of intersection related collisions. The Crime Analyst worked to compile a monthly list of Flagstaff’s “Most Dangerous Intersections.” Using monthly CompStat meetings to share timely information about high-risk traffic areas allowed patrol supervisors to direct their officers to proactively address unsafe driving behavior through enforcement. We continued to improve and enhance the Body Camera program. The use of the body camera is to help increase transparency, enhance effective prosecution, assist with citizen complaint investigations, assist with the review of use of force incidents, and/or misconduct and provide training to officers. All uniformed officers on the Flagstaff Police Department are equipped with body cameras. We conducted 320 community support meetings in addition to neighborhood related Block Watch meetings. Educational items included information on immigration enforcement, search and seizure, suicide prevention, identity theft, medical marijuana, and property crime, etc. We continue to utilize our civilian volunteers who contributed 2,344 hours of service to our community in 2016. We re-evaluated the hours our Records Section was open to the public, closing earlier on nights and weekends, when front counter traffic was minimal. We continued to purchase all-wheel drive patrol vehicles so staff time is not lost putting chains on rear wheel drive cars, and response times are less impacted by winter weather. This year we were able to rotate out additional rear wheel drive cars with the purchase of 12 Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD vehicles. We increased the skill and confidence level of our officers by providing training. In 2016, we provided 6,645 hours of advanced officer training. We strengthened the Departments informal and formal counseling abilities through the expansion of and additional training for the CISM (Crisis Incident Stress Management) teams and the Departments Peer Mentoring Program.

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Several employees enrolled in college classes taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement program Several officers enrolled in the first time homebuyer program Finished a remodel of the technology area in the police station Completed our upgrade to a newer model of Taser Continued our upgrade to a web based Records Management System Presented implicit bias training to all employees of the Flagstaff Police Department Allowed the public to submit house or business watches online Held Citizen Liaison Committee meetings in the community to foster communication and education on current trends Trained Emergency Communications Specialists in active shooter situations to help increase their information gathering skills on emergency calls Cross trained dispatchers on multiple channels to help cover catastrophic events Enhanced our capabilities to effectively respond to and arrest the mentally ill Staffed two School Resource officers’ full time, and graduated citizens from the Citizen Police Academy Assisted in sponsoring the 2016 National Explorers Conference at Northern Arizona University Investigated three officer involved shootings Conducted research and training on less lethal pepper ball launchers Began sharing information with Northern Arizona University on student related arrests Obtained additional budget funds for an increase in uniform reimbursement from $1000 to $1200 Continued to strengthen the Department’s Community Policing Initiatives


Innovative Initiatives • • • • • •

Created www.FPDTRANSPARENCY.com website to increase awareness and transparency with high profile cases Successfully applied and were awarded a grant for a new Motorcycle for the Motor Squad Continued the merits of predictive policing and use of crime analytics Provided Active Shooter/ Negotiations training for dispatch Continued annual drug screens for employees Implemented the use of Bair Analytics for Compstat

• • • • • • • • • • •

Instituted shift Differential Pay for Dispatch Received an increase in uniform allowance

Hosted a well-attended National Night Out in August Set up and worked the County Fair with officers and volunteers Staffed two SRO’s full time, and graduated multiple citizens from the Citizen Police Academy Coordinating the Northern Arizona Toy Drive Conducted numerous media releases throughout the year Sponsored several Crisis Intervention Team Mental Health related talks (academy and at other agencies) Held a well-attended and professional Awards Ceremony and employee banquet Created two specialty patrol cars - DUI Enforcement and Breast Cancer Awareness Mandated head mounted body cameras for patrol and swat at

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Selective Enforcement Squad The selective enforcement squad is designed to increase departmental flexibility by assigning officers to special events, incidents, or targeted criminal activity. Squad members conduct surveillance and provide walking patrols in the downtown area, bicycle patrols and foot patrols in high crime areas. They are also responsible for providing security at Pulliam Airport. In 2016, 101 Repeat Offender arrests were made by the Special Enforcement Squad. A number of specialty patrols were conducted in 2016. As weather and staffing permitted, four motorcycle officers were deployed in areas with frequent speed, red light and following too closely violations, or to serve as safe driving reminders to prevent collisions in high accident locations. We also continued the “Safe Streets Program” by enforcing traffic laws in specific areas in response to citizen complaints and feedback from the Traffic Commission. Beat officers worked specific areas using the Targeted Radar Advisory Program (TRAP). The Department’s two radar trailers and a “decoy car” proved effective in reducing speed in problem areas. The Department continued the Sunnyside Initiative in 2016 to improve quality of life for residents and reduce crime through partnerships. The Flagstaff Police Department assigned a Sergeant and deployed four officers specifically to the Sunnyside and Fourth Street areas. The officers used proactive patrol efforts and citizen tips to gather intelligence on criminal activity and to enforce the law. The officers used bicycle patrols to enhance their presence in the Sunnyside neighborhood and Page 40

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 surrounding parks. They attended monthly Sunnyside Neighborhood Association meetings in which issues and problems were addressed with the community. The officers helped open the Sunnyside Substation on Fourth Street in 2009 and continue to utilize it in their daily operations. The officers attended and provided security for several community gatherings and conducted crime prevention outreach. The officers also attend a monthly “Night Court” with youth and played basketball on scheduled Friday nights. In September of 2012, the Flagstaff Police Department was awarded a federal COPS assistance grant allowing the Department to implement a Southside Initiative. This was tailored after the Sunnyside Initiative, which began in 2006. Four officers have been assigned to the Southside neighborhood patrol to expand upon our community policing philosophy and address quality of life issues, traffic and parking enforcement. The officers maintain a high presence in the neighborhood utilizing bike and foot patrols. The officers attend monthly Good Neighbor Coalition meetings to discuss current or ongoing issues in the area and to keep the neighbors up to date with current projects and activities. By building a partnership with the Murdoch Center, their governing board has approved the Department to open a Southside Substation within the facility. This collaboration helps to increase visibility along with community policing with the Murdoch Center on a daily basis. In 2016, officers continued to use the Substation to maintain a presence in the Southside area and continue to have increased visibility. Several DUI task force operations enhanced both public education and enforcement efforts. Many of these programs were funded through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants. The DUI Task Force Van was used on a regular basis to set up during high DUI times. In keeping with our emphasis on excellence, officers are encouraged to obtain specialized skills and training in areas such as lifesaving, firearms, self-defense, ethics, defensive driving, search and seizure, interviewing, phlebotomy, and applicable new State and Federal laws. Through training and experience, patrol officers had the tools necessary to provide the highest quality service to the citizens of Flagstaff.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Department continued to conduct training and explored other concepts of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. These methods led to less recidivism and decriminalization of our severely mentally ill. Out of the 444 documented contacts with mental health consumers by Flagstaff Police Department in 2016, 126 were handled by CIT officers. The Crisis Intervention Team combined with the availability of mental health services any time of the day or night, gave officers additional options other than full-custody arrests when dealing with individuals with serious mental illness. Flagstaff continues to experience an increase in criminal activity related to public intoxicants. In response, officers conducted directed patrols to work in cooperation with local businesses to strictly enforce alcohol violations, trespassing, disorderly conduct, loitering, and other offenses which impact the quality of life. Officers met with the City Attorney’s Office to seek enhanced prosecution for repeat offenders as part of our ROPE program. Throughout the summer, officers patrolled the wooded areas in the urban forest interface, enforcing criminal and federal codes pertaining to camping and fires. Department of Public Safety helicopters and the Coconino County fixed wing airplane assisted in locating illegal campfires with officers on board. This assisted in dispatching officers to take enforcement action. Page 41

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 ❖ Officers also coordinated with the Adult Probation work crew to remove abandoned transient camps and refer occupants to the appropriate social services. ❖ Coordinated directed patrols to address quality of life issues as well as help prevent victimization and perpetration of crimes by serial inebriates. ❖ Coordinated with Homeland Security during assigned duties at the Airport. ❖ Provided Walking beat officer presence downtown for 7 days a week ❖ Officers continued to provide security at City Council meetings and provide police presence during other community meetings. ❖ The Flagstaff Police Department also provided extra patrol and community policing efforts such as: ❖ The Flagstaff Unified School District “Grad Night” in addition to numerous events. ❖ Fourth of July Parade & Pyrotechnics Show ❖ High School Homecoming Parades ❖ NAU Homecoming/Tequila Sunrise Services ❖ Northern Lights Parade ❖ Annual Celtic Festival ❖ New Year’s Eve Pine Cone Drop ❖ Pride in the Pines Event ❖ Cinco De Mayo Celebration ❖ First Friday Art walk ❖ Heritage Square Events ❖ Several protests downtown

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Special Olympics Event

Assisting with a Wildland Fire

March for Love Event

National Night Out

Downtown Demonstration

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT Maintaining safe roadways for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians is a high priority for the Flagstaff Police Department. Patrol officers are directed to conduct traffic enforcement for the causal factors of collisions at the locations where crashes occur most frequently. There were 2,962 total collisions in 2016; of those 2,551 were non-injury collisions, representing a slight increase from the previous year. In 2016, there were 405 injury collisions and six (6) collisions which resulted in fatalities. Both injury collisions and fatal collisions were down from 2015 totals. In 2016, officers issued 8,885 citations for traffic related offenses such as speeding and red light violations. This is a decrease from the number of traffic citations issued in 2015. Officers issued 6078 warnings in 2016, which is also a decrease. Decreases seen in enforcement are primarily related to lower staffing levels. In 2016, our department conducted several traffic safety projects. These projects were: a Pedestrian Safety Campaign, a Child Restraint Campaign, a Cell Phone Use Prohibited while Driving Campaign, and a Slow Your Speed Campaign. Each campaign is several months long and includes a public education component followed by an emphasis on enforcement. The Flagstaff Police Department hosted a multi-agency Child Safety Seat Check event in conjunction with the Child Restraint Campaign. In 2016, our department conducted a Police Motorcycle Operator certification class. Two officers successfully completed this training and are now assigned to the Traffic Unit. These officers are Joe Gilbert and Sarah Croswhite. Sarah is the first female Police Motorcycle Officer in the history of our agency. Sergeant Jeff James and Corporal Dave Saurer are also Police Motorcycle Officers assigned to the Traffic Unit. Officers utilize the police motorcycles as weather and staffing permits. The motorcycle units are most effective providing enforcement in congested areas where patrol cars are ineffective. The fifth member of the Traffic Unit is Officer Kevin Rueb. The Traffic Unit receives input from citizens regarding specific traffic problems and aggressively works these citizen complaint zones. The five members of the Traffic Unit were responsible for issuing 29.4% of the departmental citation total in 2016. Traffic officers investigated 32% of the total collisions during 2016. Traffic officers also provide funeral escorts, parade details, and back up for other officers. Members of the Traffic Unit regularly promote traffic safety at various community meetings and by instructing classes in conjunction with Driving Arizona. The Traffic Unit teaches the Traffic Safety merit badge to local troops of the Boy Scouts of America. The Traffic Unit is also assigned to special duty events to include; Tequila Sunrise, New Year’s Eve, Winter Lights Parade, Fourth of July festivities, Armed Forces Day Parade, Ride for the Wall, Patriot Riders, Homecoming parades for each of the local high schools, Parent Day at Kinsey School, National Night Out, and other community events. In 2016, the Traffic Unit introduced the 'Know Your Limit' campaign to Flagstaff. Uniformed officers interact with the public in a positive and informative manner outside the local bars. Officers ask people who are not driving, if they would like to submit to a breath test to check their blood alcohol level. If the citizen agrees, the officer provides a pamphlet explaining consequences of a DUI arrest. The purpose of the 'Know Your Limit' campaign is to prevent Driving While Impaired crimes. Officers conducted several hundred of these non-enforcement contacts. In 2016, our department arrested 595 impaired drivers. This is an increase of 2% from the year prior. The Collision Reconstruction Team is supervised by Detective Jared Wotasik. Members of the team are: Detective Shawn Knott, Officer Kelly Ingram, Officer Jason Blair, Officer Sarah Croswhite, Officer Matt Schmidt, and Officer Joe Gilbert. They are responsible for reconstructing fatal and serious injury collisions. All team members meet on a regular basis to review past and present investigations. In 2016, the team investigated six fatal collisions. The Collision Reconstruction Team utilizes the advanced Leica scanning equipment, which is shared with other Northern Arizona agencies. This equipment was received from Rico funds and has also been utilized for serious crimes scenes. Page 44


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% Change

Non-Injury Collisions










DUI Related Collisions




DUI Arrests











Parking Citations







Injury Collisions Fatal Collisions

Traffic Citations

Motorist Assists

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500 450


Non-Injury Collisions


350 300


250 1500

200 150


Injury/Fatal Collisions


100 500 0

2007 Non Injury 2927 Injury/Fatal 452

50 2008 2748 381

2009 2443 360

2010 2361 374

2011 2150 384

2012 2231 401

2013 2199 352

2014 2128 411

2015 2426 427

2016 2551 411


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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Summary of 2016 Collisions by Month

300 250 200 150 100 50 0 NON-INJURY INJURY/FATAL

Jan 281 26

Feb 198 20


Mar 222 34

April 174 32

May 173 38

June 192 31

July 216 30

Aug 207 37

Sept 235 43

Oct 215 35

Nov 225 42

Dec 215 35




N. Country Club/ N. Hwy 89




E. Ponderosa Parkway / E. Butler AVE.




W. Butler Avenue / S. Milton RD




S Milton Rd / W. Route 66




S. Milton RD / S. Plaza Way




W. Phoenix Ave / S. Milton Rd




S. Milton Rd / W. Riordan Rd




N Highway 89 / E. Marketplace Dr




N Humphreys St / W. Route 66




E. Route 66 / N. Fanning Dr




S. Woodlands Village Blvd / W. University Ave




E. Butler Ave / S. San Francisco St.




Most Frequent Location of Intersection Related Collisions Three Year Comparison

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TACTICAL OPERATIONS The Emergency Services Response Team, comprised of officers with primary assignments in various sections of the department, handles the containment and apprehension of armed barricaded persons, hostage incidents, found explosives and other potentially volatile situations. The Emergency Services Response Team consists of three units, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Negotiations, and the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad). Officers take great pride in their equipment, training and professionalism during crisis incidents. The SWAT Team, with membership in the National Tactical Officers Association, consists of officers from the Flagstaff Police Department, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, and six Flagstaff Firefighters who serve as team medics. In addition to receiving training, SWAT officers bring training back to their individual squads to better equip fellow officers with their daily duties. In 2017, SWAT officers received national level training in the areas of Basic SWAT tactics and movement and Long Range Precision Marksmanship. SWAT Officers continued to train in Active Shooter Preparedness, Zone-Based Movement, Open Field Movement and Night time operations using Night Vision devices and Firearms. Much of the information learned in these trainings was relayed back to local law enforcement – specifically the Active Shooter training. Officers that attended the Active Shooter training again this year held numerous training presentations, for both officers and civilian groups alike.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS SWAT Officers deployed as a team to seven call outs this year. Several of the call outs involved armed or suspected to be armed barricaded subjects. Two call outs involved large marijuana grows, one being in the Ashfork area and the other in the Blue Ridge area. The raids were conducted with assistance from ATF, FBI, METRO and air assets provided by the National Guard. In October, two brothers shot and killed a subject in a bar in Amherst, MA. The gun was not recovered and thought to still be possession of the suspects. They remained outstanding until the U.S. Marshalls service reported them being on a Grey Hound bus under aliases and traveling to Phoenix. Multiple SWAT team Officers surrounded the suspects as they stepped off the bus in Flagstaff and they were taken into custody without incident. In March, SWAT assisted with an open field search for a suspect that fired rounds at Yavapai County Deputies during a traffic stop and then fled into the woods. After a several hour search the suspect was located by perimeter units. Throughout the year, SWAT Officers assisted the Flagstaff METRO Narcotics Squad by covering undercover buys, executing buy/busts and other dynamic types of arrests.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 HOSTAGE SITUATIONS Negotiator Incidents involving barricaded subjects, hostage takers, or persons threatening suicide are stressful moments for law enforcement personnel who respond to them. Officers responding to these scenes quickly assess the totality of the situation, secure the area, gauge the threat to hostages or bystanders, and request additional resources as appropriate. Crisis negotiators must establish contact with subjects; identify their demands and work to resolve these tense and volatile standoffs without loss of life. The five members of the Hostage Negotiations Team are on call to diffuse volatile situations through verbal communications with suspects. Officers assigned to this team are trained to work closely with the Tactical Operations Team and with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department Crisis Response Team.

Accomplishments The Team responded to eleven (11) calls in 2016. During the month of January 2016 the team responded to an armed barricade in Page AZ and a local armed barricade after a DV assault. Both were resolved without injury prior to initiating team negotiations. In the same month a call was received for an armed suicidal woman that had made threats of shooting herself. Negotiators were called out to assist patrol and she gave herself up without injury. In April of 2016, the team responded to an aggravated domestic violence suspect who had barricaded and refused to come out of his families’ residence. The suspect refused to speak after several hours of calling out and eventually the SWAT team made entry and took him into custody without injury. In June of 2016, the Negotiations team was called out three times. The teams assisted patrol with a suicidal subject who was trying to hang herself in a shed after trespassing on private property. She was taken into custody and the SWAT team and the US Marshal’s Task Force officers located her. The team spent several hours calling out to a wanted suspect in the Sunnyside neighborhood that had barricaded himself in the attic of his family’s apartment. He was taken into the custody without injury after the SWAT team made entry. Finally in June, Negotiators assisted the SWAT team with calling out two armed robbery suspects in the bathroom of a Greyhound bus. It turned out the suspects had escaped prior to the bus being secured and no one was located in the bathroom. The Negotiations team was called out three more times in September. Team members assisted CCSO with an armed barricade in Munds Park, were called to a suicidal subject armed with a gun near NAU campus and a suicidal subject barricaded in an apartment on Lake Mary Road. All three subjects gave themselves up without injury and were taken into custody. Finally, in December 2016, the team was called to a local Safeway for a suicidal mental subject in a wheel chair armed with a knife. She gave herself up without injury. Team members have also participated in a joint SWAT team training simulating hostage and suicidal barricades in 2016.

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EXPLOSIVE DISPOSAL TEAM The primary mission of the Explosive Disposal Team is to ensure the safety and well-being of residents in the City as well as the safety of all public safety personnel who may be first responders to an explosive-related incident. The Flagstaff Police Department Bomb Squad has been serving the residents of Flagstaff since 1970. The team is comprised of five highly trained bomb technicians who are responsible for handling, transportation and rendering safe all explosive items located within the City and Coconino County. This responsibility extends to the proper handling of abandoned explosives and chemicals that have outlived their life expectancy. The team also assists other local agencies with explosives and the SWAT and Hostage Negotiations Teams with barricaded suspects.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS In 2016, the Explosives Disposal Team responded to approximately 25 calls for service both inside and outside the City. These included suspicious packages calls, found explosives or devices, drug labs, hoax devices, protective sweeps and threat calls. In addition, members of the team conducted numerous explosive destructions and inspections, security assignments and dignitary protection details. In 2016, the Explosives Disposal Team completed demonstrations for the Citizen’s Police Academies, Touch-a-Truck, National Night Out, Flagstaff Leadership Program, bomb threats class and a presentation for ALEADS (Arizona Leadership Education & Development Academy). The members of the Explosives Disposal Team are required to complete 16 hours a month of proficiency training, one 40 hour class a year and recertify every three years to maintain their certification


One team member attended the FBI Hazardous Device School Recertification Course.

One team member attended FBI Explosive Unit Post Blast Investigation Course.

Four team members attended Hazmat training.

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The men and women of the Criminal Inves tigations Section combat crime by conducting prompt, efficient and diligent investiga tions. Detectives us e all available technological resour ces and traditional investigative methods to solve crimes, identify and appr ehend suspects, locate missing persons and recover stolen property. By adher ing to a community policing philosophy, members of the division form a partnership with crime victims and law abiding citizens to improve the quality of life in our community and interdict cr ime and disorder . The Criminal Investigations Divis ion compris ed of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants and 11 Detectiv es is responsible for investigating f elony crimes, deaths and missing pers ons. There is also a Cr ime Analyst assigned to the Unit. The Crime Analyst tr acks crime tr ends within the City and produces a weekly Intelligence Bulletin s howing these tr ends. This assists the Department in allocating resources to these affected areas in order to combat and r educe crime. Detectives were assigned 3,328 cases in 2016 which is an increase of 3.7% from the pr evious year . The Detective D ivision had an over all clear ance rate of 65.2% in 2016 which is a 1.3% improvement from the previous year . The National Clear ance Benchmark rate is 48.1%. Reducing the number of pending cases , while maintaining quality customer service, continued to be an important focus for the Criminal Investigations Division .

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Property Crimes



2000 150





500 0 Property Crimes Violent Crimes

2007 3695 320

2008 3389 282

2009 3123 287

2010 2962 269

2011 3019 265

2012 2834 262

2013 2867 245

2014 3008 262

2015 2623 246

2016 2816 251

Violent Crimes








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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 DETECTIVE MAJOR CRIME CASES Officer Involved Shoot Team During 2016 the Multi-Agency Officer Involved Shoot Team investigated three officer involved shootings. The shoot team is comprised of detectives/officers from three agencies to include the Flagstaff Police Department. There are currently seven members of the Flagstaff Police Department that participate in the Multi-Agency Officer Involved Shoot Team. Detectives from the Flagstaff Police Department took the lead role in one shooting involving a neighboring agency and significantly helped in the two shootings Flagstaff Police officers were involved in.

Missing person cold case Detectives were assigned a missing person case in June of 2011. The initial detective assigned to the case conducted follow up but was unable to locate the person. Another detective began working on the case and was able to locate the missing person’s dentist. The detective was able to obtain the dental records of the missing person. The detective located the missing person’s sister and was able to obtain photos as well as DNA samples. The detective entered the person into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) and began searching through that system. The Detective spent many hours looking through the system at unidentified bodies until finding a possible match. The detective was able to identify the deceased person as the missing person through DNA and dental records. The missing person had drowned in San Diego, CA and had been listed as a John Doe. The detective was able to bring closure to the family who were very appreciative.

Sexual Assault/Sex offenses Detectives were assigned a case of an individual who was riding our local transit system and groping young women. When the detective was assigned the first case, she recognized the fact there could be more unreported victims in our community. A press release was disseminated seeking any additional victims to please come forward. During this time, officers retrieved video surveillance of the suspect and began attempting to identify him through local businesses. The officer was able to identify the suspect by name and the detective was able to complete several photo line ups. To date, detectives identified a total of six separate victims in Flagstaff. It was learned the suspect was from California and the Flagstaff Police Department worked with California law enforcement. It was learned he was wanted for committing the same offenses to approximately 20 victims in California. The suspect has been charged with numerous offenses. Detectives were assigned a case where the parents of a juvenile female found messages from an adult male in Maine trying to lure their daughter for sexual purposes. The detective began working with federal agents and began investigating through online means. As a result of the investigation, a suspect was identified and the Flagstaff Police Department detective traveled to Maine to help execute a search warrant at the suspect’s house. They were able to find a large of amount of evidence relating to underage girls that resulted in the suspect lengthy prison sentence. taking a plea deal for a

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Burglary/Theft Detectives were assigned several different cases involving numerous bicycles being stolen in the Flagstaff community. One detective was assigned all the cases so he could begin looking for similarities. Through the investigation possible suspects were identified. The detectives were able to arrest two suspects for multiple bike thefts and multiple counts of trafficking in stolen property. At the conclusion of the investigation, the detective was able to recover thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen bicycles. Detectives were assigned multiple residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries, and stolen vehicle reports in a residential area. The detective began compiling the reports and processed a recovered stolen vehicle as well as recovered stolen property. The suspects were eventually arrested in another reported stolen vehicle and were also in possession of stolen property from recent vehicle burglaries. The suspects were connected to approximately 15-20 vehicle burglaries, one residential burglary, and three stolen vehicles. The two suspects were arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Armed Robbery Detectives were called out to an armed robbery involving a female suspect who entered a local convenience store. The female pointed a hand gun at the clerk and stole money. Detectives began going through video surveillance and developed an investigative lead. The detective issued an attempt to locate flyer and a patrol officer located the suspect. The detective wrote and executed a search warrant and ultimately charged the suspect with armed robbery of three different businesses in Flagstaff. Detectives were called out to a kidnapping and armed robbery report involving a citizen. The citizen stated he was held at gunpoint while his captor’s pistol whipped him and beat him. After several hours, the suspects took the citizens money and let him go. Detectives were able to obtain critical video evidence of the crime and apprehend 4 suspects.

Child Crimes Detectives were assigned a late reported child molest case that occurred over a period of time between the years of 2009-2012. The Victim in the case came forward and reported the incident in 2016. The detective began coordinating forensic interviews. The detective interviewed the suspect who admitted to committing unlawful acts to other children but not the current case. The detective was able to build his case and the suspect was indicted on multiple counts of child related crimes. Detectives were called out to an arson of an occupied structure. The suspect was exiting the house when patrol officers arrived and detained him. The detective arrived on scene and processed the structure for evidence along with arson investigators from the Flagstaff Fire Department. The detective interviewed the suspect and completed numerous search warrants and physical characteristics warrants in the case. During the execution of one of the warrants, the detective located numerous images of child pornography on an electronic device. The suspect was arrested and charged with arson and child pornography.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS Detectives continue to use CompStat methods to assist in crime mapping and conduct proactive property crime investigations. Detectives started and maintained monthly community meetings, which are called FRAPA (Flagstaff Retail Asset Protection Association). During these meetings approximately 15 loss prevention agents and store managers from local retail stores share information with detectives in order to identify and apprehend frequent suspects in shoplifting cases. Through this partnership we are able to reduce property crimes that occur at local retail shops and through collaborative efforts several arrests have been made. Currently one detective and one detective sergeant are assigned to the department’s SWAT Team and one detective sergeant is assigned to the Negotiations Team. Another detective is assigned to the departmental Accident Reconstruction Team and another is assigned to the departments Bomb Squad. Three detectives participate on the Coconino County Coordinated Community Response Team for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Three detectives are also phlebotomists for the Department. Detectives taught at the Citizen’s Police Academy and continue to participate in the “Challenge Program” at the two local high schools. Several detectives are involved in a pool to provide educational presentations on a variety of topics at monthly community meetings. As a result, several presentations were given through the city on various topics including internet safety, identity theft and crime scene investigations.

TRAINING Detectives have received training in interview and interrogation, police involved shootings, suicide awareness prevention, computer forensics, death investigation, and intelligence gathering. Several detectives also received numerous hours of instruction in child abductions and how to respond to them.

SILENT WITNESS Silent Witness is a non-profit program created to give citizens the opportunity to assist law enforcement in solving crimes. Citizens remain completely anonymous and are paid rewards of up to $1000 when the information provided leads to an arrest or indictment. Page 59

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Silent Witness maintains the website at www.coconinosilentwitness.org. The website is used to provide general contact information and allows tips to be submitted online. Unsolved crimes are also highlighted on the website for the public to view. During 2015, Silent Witness received 144 calls, which produced seven felony arrests. The Silent Witness Board approved $1,600 in awards to be paid to callers. The Silent Witness program “Tips Soft” is web based service that allows law enforcement agencies to communicate anonymously with the public regarding crimes, fugitives and amber alerts. This service allows tips to be sent anonymously through different types of media. Tips can now be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) by initiating the text with “FLAGTIP” or visit the Silentwitness.org website and follow the link to submit a tip online.

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Commercial 11%

Other 52%

Gas or Service Station 7%

Bank 3%

Residence 3%

Convenience Store 6%

FREQUENCY OF THEFT TYPES 2015 Pocket Picking 0%

Purse-Snatching 1%

Other 36%

Shoplifting 39%

Theft from Coin Machine 0%

Theft from Building 6%

Theft From Vehicle 11%

Bicycles 5%

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories 2%

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Five Year Comparison of Residential Burglaries 120 100

Number of Burglaries

80 60 40 20 0 Daytime Nighttime

2012 46 25

2013 104 43

2014 86 47

2015 52 19

2016 105 61

Five Year Comparison of Business Burglaries 70 60

Number of Burglaries

50 40 30 20 10 0 Daytime Nighttime

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2012 46 25

2013 47 28

2014 67 14

2015 26 19

2016 45 27

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Property Crimes and Values Number of Incidents THEFT VALUE

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Property Crime -6% Increase Part 1 Crimes - 2% Decrease Cases Assigned – 3.7% Increase


Crimes per 100,000


Part One Crimes Per 100,000 Inhabitants Data derived from 2015 FBI Uniform Crime 3,033 Report 2654 2,799 2,487

2500 2000 1500 1000 500




0 Flagstaff index

National Violent Crime

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397 Western States Property Crime



FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Violent Crimes Per 100,000 Inhabitants Data derived from 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report 300 250

Axis Title

200 150 100 50 0

Flagstaff index 0 28 45 169

Murder Rape Robbery Agg Assault

National 5 37 102 233

Western States 4 28 103 227

Arizona 5 36 99 252

***Part One Crime per 100,000 Inhabitant’s –Numbers are for 2015 as the data for 2014 not published.


Property Crimes Per 100,000 Inhabitants Data derived from 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report 2385

Crimes per 100,000






1500 1000 500


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556 246


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National Larceny Theft

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 All Arrested Persons 2012-2016 Native American White Black Asian 0 Percentage 2012-2016

5000 Asian 0.50% 196



Black 3.40% 1352


White 47.20% 18659


Native American 48.60% 19215

Arrests 2011 - 2015 Total Arrests: 32848

Asian Black Native American White 0 1st Arrest Subsequent Arrests Page 66

2000 White 10898 5446




Native American 6578 8552

10000 12000 14000 16000 18000 Black 649 504

Asian 150 34


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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 The Flagstaff Police Department has partnered with other local law enforcement agencies to form the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force Metro unit. The unit has been in place since 1987 and is housed in the Flagstaff Police Department. The primary objectives of the task force are to investigate, arrest and prosecute narcotic trafficker in and around Northern Arizona.

OPERATION NIGHTFALL: In November of 2016, Metro and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) concluded a joint yearlong investigation into an identified criminal enterprise operating in Flagstaff, Page, Winslow and Glendale. The investigation targeted repeat offenders who continually target Flagstaff residents and businesses to further their drug enterprise. The operations resulted in more than 100 controlled purchases of evidence from suspects throughout central and northern Arizona. As a result, more than 5 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine, 90 grams of heroin, and 12 firearms were taken as evidence. The investigation implicated 50 defendants in various crimes involving racketeering, control/participation in a criminal enterprise, felons in possession of firearms, aggravated assault, armed robberies, narcotics distribution, money laundering, wire fraud, trafficking in stolen property, misconduct involving weapons and the burglary of over 60 firearms.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 HEROIN: The Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force, Metro, along with their Federal partners from the FBI, DEA and ATF began an investigation into a Flagstaff based distributor of cocaine in February of this year. During the undercover investigation it was believed this distributor, who was also involved in heroin sales, was linked to opiate overdoses in the Flagstaff area. The Task Force was able to successfully infiltrate the suspect’s drug dealings with the use of undercover detectives which ended in April of 2016 with a buy/walk operation and subsequent search warrant of the suspect’s residence. During the search warrant of the residence the Northern Arizona Regional SWAT Team was utilized to secure the residence which was found to have an infant child residing inside. The search of the residence netted approximately 1.7 pounds of heroin, 5.6 ounces of crack cocaine and 7.6 ounces of cocaine. The seizure amounts of heroin and crack cocaine in this investigation were very substantial for the Flagstaff area and are examples of the Task Force’s dedication and effort to investigate organizations at all levels and combat opiate driven drugs leading to overdoses and deaths.

FENTANYL AND COCAINE: In August of 2016, Detectives with the Northern Arizona Metro Narcotics Task Force responded to assist the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with suspicious packages found in a driveline of a vehicle. Metro Detectives learned that a local Flagstaff auto business had taken the driveline to a local trucking company for specialty work to be done on it. When the trucking company began to modify the driveline they discovered it was filled with nine cylindrical packages. The trucking company notified the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. It was obvious the driveline was altered and the contents were submitted to the DPS Crime Lab for analysis. The owner of the Flagstaff Auto business cooperated with police in trying to have the suspect meet up with the police but just prior to police arrival the suspect felt uneasy and took off running. Metro Detectives located the suspect’s hotel room and located the suspect a short distance away from it. Through further investigation it was discovered the suspect made several border crossings per month and is Tennessee resident. The results on the driveline drug packages indicated there were over 2 ½ pounds of cocaine and over 8 ½ pounds of fentanyl. The fentanyl seizure is a significant seizure for the Flagstaff area.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 COMMUNITY RELATIONS Positive community relations and excellent customer service are the responsibilities of every employee of the Flagstaff Police Department. However, certain areas demand more attention and time than field officers can provide. The Community Relations Office has one Sergeant, two School Resource Officers, one Housing Officer, one Training Officer and one Animal Control Officer. This division works at promoting a positive image of the department by releasing public information in a timely manner, facilitating and coordinating all internal training and organizing our volunteers and working with the schools in the community to address the issues of concern to our younger citizens. The division is responsible for providing information and assistance in animal issues most specifically domesticated dogs and cats and occasional skunks. Senior field officers rotate into the Community Relations office after completing an online Project Alert certification course. Officer’s selected for these positions must possess excellent writing, people, and public speaking skills. Officers in these roles must demonstrate a sincere desire to assist our younger people and display a positive image as they assist each school. In 2016 Officers Trevor Cooper and Ryan Forsman continue to bring many years of experience into the classroom. In addition to the structured Project Alert curriculum, these Officers were often asked to present information to our community’s youth on topics such as bullying, peer pressure, honesty, gun safety, domestic violence and the proper use of 911. They also worked with school employees on special projects such as field trips, Teen Court, and project “Challenge.” The Community Relations Office completed 934 public speaking presentations as well as media releases, which included radio and television interviews. The Community Relations Office documented 269 Community Support meetings as well as coordinating and presenting two Law Enforcement Citizen’s Academy.

NORTHERN ARIZONA CITIZEN’ S ACADEMY The Community Relations Office conducted two Citizen’s Police Academies teaching approximately 50 residents on various topics in and around policing. During these classes many individuals learned about the criminal justice system and participated in many tours and events such as an explosives and firearms demonstration and tours of the County Jail and the DPS Crime Lab.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Approximately 800 community members attended the seventeenth annual Northern Arizona National Night Out celebration in the City Hall parking lot. Target, the Flagstaff Community Band and local nonprofit organizations partnered to sponsor this successful and upbeat event. Officers assigned to specific neighborhoods interacted with citizens from their patrol areas. Resources and information were made available at the variety of tables and displays provided by the community’s first responders with a variety of hands on demonstrations.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM As competition for city funding becomes more intense, the Police Department is becoming more dependent on volunteers to assist both sworn and civilian staff. Community volunteers donated 2,344 hours in 2016, providing disabled parking enforcement, leash law awareness, pawn tracking, evidence/ property services, records, public relations, sex offender notifications and assisting the Detective Division. Volunteers were essential in the success of the Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Toy Drive which provides families, shelters, and community centers with toys in 2016.

BETTER BUCKS PROGRAM The better bucks program received assistance from the Community Relations office as this program was a collaborative effort to address the panhandling problem in Flagstaff. Together with patrol and the Shadows Foundation, our volunteers and officers assisted in providing community education as to the program as well as distributing flyers, booklets, and providing various media releases regarding the program.

CELEBRATE YOUTH DAY School Resource Officer Ryan Forsman presented a table and display at the annual “Celebrate Youth Day� which is sponsored by Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA). At this informative gathering he was able to distribute information pamphlets regarding gun safety, internet safety, bullying, and drug awareness. Over 100 students visited his table and 100 stuffed bears were provided to the youths by way of a donation from the Findley Toyota Corporation.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 around the school schedule and is an “open court” to facilitate a forum for officers to get to know the neighborhood kids in a non-official capacity. The staff at the Youth Center often receives donations for pizza and drinks to provide for the kids participating. Arizona Leadership and Development Academy (ALEAD) Officers participated with the FBI National Academy Associates to provide annual training for this youth leadership academy. Classes taught include DUI investigation, Driving Simulator and the MILO Simulator. The students also saw a presentation on police K-9’s. About 35 students participated in the 2016 weeklong event.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Flagstaff Police Department has been a strong supporter of the Special Olympics programs in Northern Arizona. In February members of the Flagstaff Police Department including Deputy Chief Walt Miller, Support Services Manager Jen Brown, and Evidence Technician Angel Eberhardt participated in the annual Special Olympics “Polar Plunge” in February. In May, Cpl. Odis Brockman, Support Services Manager Jen Brown, and Evidence Tech Angela Eberhardt, and Officer Patrick Condon participated in the annual Torch Run.

TRAINING The Community Relations Office Training Section was responsible for providing and documenting 16,728 hours advanced officers training which translates to approximately 156 hours of training per certified police officer in 2016.

HOUSING The Housing Officer has assisted in foot and vehicular patrols in designated areas such as Siler Homes, Brannen Homes, and Clark Homes as well as over 20 properties assigned through the City’s Housing program. This position is also responsible for supporting patrol in addressing crimes and calls for service in these areas, as well as providing a liaison type relationship with property managers and tenants. The Housing Officer regularly patrols each of the Flagstaff Housing Authority (FHA) neighborhoods and is familiar with the off-site properties as well. The Housing Officer works closely with the section 8 program and provides information to the Housing Authority. The Housing Officer also attends monthly meetings and provides a link of information to the board of directors regarding community policing initiatives.

PROJECT ALERT Project Alert and the School Resource Officer (SRO’s) programs were implemented in August of 2012 with the Flagstaff Unified School District. Our agency has 112 sworn officers; two officers are assigned as SROs which represents 1.7% of our sworn officers working primarily in this assignment. Both officers regularly handle patrol calls at the shools as well as their schedules allow. The SRO’s were able to present the Project Alert instruction to approximately 1000 students in the middle school grade range.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Animal Control The Community Relations Office has one Animal Control Officer for the City of Flagstaff, who was responsible for impounding 569 animals, issuing 33 citations, and participating in nine educational outreach events throughout the year. Officer Marciniak participated at the Humane Shelter’s Annual outreach event and the Coconino County Fair.

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Deputy Chief Walt Miller Support Services

Communications Manager Irene Hunkler 911 Communications Center 1 911 Training Coordinator 5 Supervisors 23 Dispatchers 2 Call Takers

Support Services Manager Jen Brown 1 Special Services Supervisor 2 Evidence Technicians 1 Property Control Coordinator 1 Parking Control Officer RECORDS 1 Supervisor 10 Administrative Specialist 2 Administrative Specialists from the Chiefs Office

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Members of the Consolidated City and County 911 Communications Center provide law enforcement, fire and emergency medical dispatch to an immense geographic area. By combining quality people with modern technology, the Flagstaff 911 Communications Center maintains a consistently high level of service. The Intergraph Public Safety Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system combines mapping and agency unit identification in a dispatching format that enhances public safety agency response types and times. This new generation of CAD also allows dispatchers to "see" via computer where police and fire units are in the field. Staff access state and national computerized databases for law enforcement purposes. The Center is a model for state-of-the-art technology and interagency cooperation, so we host numerous tours and site visits from local groups and outside agencies interested in our consolidation model and technological solutions.

Accomplishments In 2016, the Communications Center hired nine and continued training seven Emergency Communications Specialists (ECS). Staff answered a total of 236,297 calls from the public. This included 58,610 calls that were received via 911, and 177,041 non-emergency incoming calls. Staff dispatched 82,134 calls for service to law enforcement and fire units. Personnel were able to keep fire response time from receipt of call to dispatch at or under one minute, (0.21 seconds) a National Fire Protection Agency best practice. Additionally, the Center maintained a 12 month average patrol response time of 4.16 minutes, from receipt of call to arrival of first unit on scene of priority one calls, better than the national benchmark and in line with our goal of under five minutes. City and County staff continued to work with our on-site Geographic Information Systems (GIS) employee on regular installs of fresh versions of the CAD and Vela maps. These maps are utilized to assist communications personnel to direct public safety responders who respond to 911 and all other call activity as they travel to the location of an incident. Map enhancement is an ongoing priority to maintain maximum efficiency and accuracy of call responses. On medical calls, while emergency services are responding, communications personnel perform Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD). An emergency medical dispatcher is a certified tele communicator, tasked with the gathering of information related to medical emergencies, and offering assistance and pre-arrival medical instructions by voice prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The term Emergency Medical Dispatcher is also a certification level and a professional designation, certified through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. In 2016, 13,024 Emergency Medical calls were received by the Flagstaff 911 Communications Center and EMD was attempted or performed 86.5 % of the time where EMD was possible. In October 2016, ECS Jessica Hallett was presented with the Citizen Hero Award. ECS Hallett recognized the patient was in cardiac arrest and flawlessly provided the caller, who had no knowledge of how to perform CPR, with step-by-step instructions on how to continuously perform chest compressions until medical personnel arrived on scene. In 2016, all Emergency Communications Specialists completed monthly training from Police Legal Services, an on-line training tool used to strengthen the professional skills of Emergency Communication Specialists by reinforcing classroom training and supplementing agency-specific practices. Several employees benefited from “Choosing the Guardian Mindset� training, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training, CPR training, Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) training, Page 77

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Amber Alert training, and Implicit Bias Training. Additionally, many of the Emergency Communications Specialist Supervisors (ECSS) attended several of the “Investing in you” (IIU) trainings offered by the City of Flagstaff. The State 9-1-1 Administration Office updated the Airbus Vesta 9-1-1 equipment for the six Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP’s) within Coconino County. Vesta and Vela (telephone and map) training was provided to every ECS and ECSS. Vesta Analytics training was provided to every ECSS and the Communications Manager for the retrieval of data. The hiring process updated in 2014 through the use of CritiCall and again in 2015 through the use of the National Network Testing (NTN) system has proven to be helpful in screening communications personnel. “CritiCall”, a pre-employment multitasking testing program and NTN, a testing program through the use of video simulations and computerized tests assists in identifying candidates who have the skills to be outstanding team members in an emergency communications center. Staff from each 911 Center in Coconino County, the Arizona State 911 Office, and City and County GIS groups met regularly in 2016 for information sharing, planning and problem solving. Semi-annual Communications Users Group meetings continued in 2016. This group is comprised of stakeholders from all public safety agencies in our county who assist the current and long-range planning process. The Flagstaff Police Department in conjunction with the Flagstaff Fire Department, members of Coconino County, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Flagstaff’s GIS teams, continues to work on a Route Based Dispatching project. This is a Global Positioning System (GPS) program within the CAD system that will recommend the closest fire apparatus and the safest route for Flagstaff Fire Department to respond to fire and medical emergencies. The Flagstaff 9-1-1 Communications continues to process and respond to wireless 9-1-1 calls through the use of Wireless 911 Phase II. The enhancement provides the latitude/longitude of either the wireless tower (Phase I) and/or the wireless caller’s approximate location (Phase II) depending on the service. Also, Phase II provides the telephone number of the caller. The program is maintained by the 911 Coordinator who works under the Flagstaff 911 Communications Manager and in conjunction with the Communications Managers from Grand Canyon, Page and Williams Police Departments. In 2016, the 911 Communications Center received 46,448 wireless calls. The completion of the new 800 MHz P25 digital public safety and city operations radio system that occurred in 2012 continues to be very beneficial. The old radio system’s two tower antenna array made it vulnerable to extreme weather conditions on Mount Elden that caused partial outages and reliance on one tower for city-wide as well as NAU coverage. The four tower antenna array has built in redundancy which makes it highly resistant to weather related disruptions in service. The radio system has dual band capability in the VHF spectrum so that public safety employees in Police and Fire Divisions can communicate directly with Sheriff’s Deputies as well as personnel from outlying Fire Departments. The 800 MHz system has assured secure and dependable emergency communications among all public safety personnel including Flagstaff and the surrounding vicinity. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office updated the Williams and Grand Canyon Districts to a simulcast “channel four” microwave/VHF radio system. The addition of a radio repeater at Topocoba and another at Preston Mesa (channel 3 “IDA”) has improved the radio communication between the Flagstaff 911 Communications Center and deputies working in the north central Navajo Reservation and the western parts of Coconino County including Williams, Valle, and the Grand Canyon south rim vicinities.

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RECORDS SECTION The Consolidated Flagstaff Police Department/Coconino County Sheriff’s Department Records Division is an essential component of the Police Department. The section is staffed by 10 Administrative Records Specialists and one Records Supervisor. It continues to be the central repository where all City Police, Coconino County Sheriff and Coconino Detention Facility reports are received, stored, and disseminated in both paper and electronic formats. Information is entered into the Intergraph Public Safety Records Management System and hard copy documents electronically scanned and attached to allow both on and off-site criminal justice staff to view or reproduce reports from their local workstations. Detailed electronic information is now available on over 2,778,113 Calls for service, over 499,008 Incident and crime reports, 349,095 Vehicles, 266,741 Arrests, and 211,535 Jail Bookings. The Records Staff continues to become more familiar with new technology and more accustomed to managing electronic documents. Records staff reviews and conducts the final approval process for all incidents, arrests and citations electronically submitted by officers through the Records Management System. Our Records Management System (RMS) software is shared with numerous Northern Arizona law enforcement agencies, including Northern Arizona University Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Facility and Williams Police Department. Staff from these and many other local criminal justice agencies (i.e. City Court and Prosecutor, Adult Probation, Gang Intelligence and Team Enforcement Mission (GITEM) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) have immediate electronic access to the RMS/I-Leads system. Records staff produce monthly statistical reports for agency staff, private citizens and FBI crime reporting. The Support Services Manager is designated as the department’s System Security Officer (SSO), responsible to ensure that the Police Department’s network and personnel are in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the numerous national criminal justice information databases. The Flagstaff Police Department is committed to ensuring that the source data we submit for the Central State Repository and for FBI Uniform Crime Reporting is accurate and comprehensive.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Flagstaff Police Department utilizes Intergraph Public Safety’s Records Management System, known as I/Leads. I/Leads-RMS stores and retrieves information on incidents, arrests, warrants, property, case management, field interviews, and many other types of information required to manage a public safety agency. This system possesses enhancements which include support for 64 bit servers which helps make the application run faster and be more efficient, the ability to associate property and evidence to an accident record, the ability for calls for service records to be attached to multiple incidents and accidents, and expanded abilities to transfer data from one module to another, such as from accidents to citations, from arrests to citations and from citations to arrests. Additionally, officers in the field are able to use Intergraph’s Field Reporting program that allows them to access Intergraph’s Records Management software, report incidents, and accidents, and transfer queries and responses using wireless technology. This promotes more efficient use of time by enabling officers to complete reporting tasks in the field instead of at the station. Hours of service for Records were changed on the weekends to bring the section more into line with operating schedules of other departments around the state. The section is now open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and closed to the public on Sunday except for vehicle releases and those picking up property from the safekeeping room. Records handled Page 80


23,714 Police and Sheriff’s reports and 8,240 Jail booking records in 2016. Over 27,000 Reports were entered into the computer database and approximately 37,357 copies of reports were disseminated to the public and criminal justice agencies.

CopLogic Online Reporting Since June 2010, the Flagstaff Police Department has offered an online reporting system for certain types of reports. CopLogic Online Reporting is a web-based application which allows citizens to file a police report from their home or office, without having to call or come to the police station. Once the report is submitted, an officer reviews it to determine if it meets the criteria established for reporting an incident online. The officer then either approves the report and it is uploaded into the department’s Records Management System or the report is rejected back to the citizen with instructions for filing the report either over the phone or in person at the department. Currently the types of incidents that can be reported online are Lost Property, Harassing Phone Call, Criminal Damage to Property/Vandalism (excluding Graffiti), and Theft of property valued at less than $1,000. The last three types of incidents should have no known suspect. Since the program’s inception, 947 reports have been filed online, with 670 reports being approved and uploaded into the Records Management System.

Cop Link Since October 2010, the Flagstaff Police Department has been using Cop Link. Cop Link is a software program that organizes and rapidly analyzes vast quantities of structured and seemingly unrelated data, currently housed in various incompatible records management systems, over a highly secure intranet-based platform. Groups of law enforcement agencies are able to consolidate, share and identify valuable information from each other’s databases and criminal records. Cop Link allows officers and detectives to quickly and easily view the results of sophisticated analysis from complex data searches that uncover hidden relationships and associations across multiple database sources.

Crime Reports CrimeReports.com is an internet-based service which is free to the public and allows citizens to access a website and view crime locations and general crime trends within their community. CrimeReports.com publishes incident-level crime data provided by the Flagstaff Police Department and makes that information searchable by area, date, and crime type. The service also includes a basic analytics component, giving both law enforcement agencies and the public an easy-to-read snapshot of crime at the neighborhood level. Users may sign up to receive e-mail alerts on specific crime types within a certain geographic area.

PoliceReports.US The Flagstaff Police Department uploads accidents and some incident reports to PoliceReports.us, making it possible for citizens to go online to purchase copies of redacted reports. This service allows anyone with access to a computer to purchase a report without mailing a request or making a trip to the police department. Insurance companies requesting copies of accident reports can also purchase reports through this service. Types of reports available include accidents, informational reports, and most misdemeanor incident reports. The website offers an easy-to-use step by step procedure to search for a desired report and to purchase it using a credit card. In 2016, 235 reports were sold online through PoliceReports.US to individuals and insurance companies. Page 81

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 LIVESCAN FINGERPRINT MACHINE The Flagstaff Police Department utilizes the Live Scan ID 500 fingerprint system, eliminating the need to do fingerprints manually by rolling a person’s fingertips on an ink pad. Quality checks within the equipment provide immediate feedback to the user regarding the quality of the fingerprints eliminating rejections when the fingerprints are sent to the FBI or the Department of Public Safety. The equipment sits on a desktop in conjunction with a laptop computer. The system automatically senses the placement of the finger, capturing the image only if it meets predetermined quality criteria, all without manual intervention and additional steps or keystrokes. Records Section personnel are available to provide fingerprinting services Monday through Saturday.


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Special Services EVIDENCE In 2016, the Evidence Section received and processed 15,772 items of evidence which were logged in by officers, agents and detectives for case investigation and prosecution. A total of 1,075 items were returned to their owners and 13,334 items were destroyed. In all, 1,344 items of evidence were submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Northern Arizona Crime Laboratory for scientific analysis. This section continues to house and manage over 100,000 items of evidence

PARKING CONTROL The Flagstaff Police Department employs one Parking Control Officer. This civilian officer is tasked with ensuring public compliance with parking regulations such as handicap zones, fire lanes and two hour parking zones throughout various city streets and parking lots. The primary focus of this enforcement is directed towards the downtown area of the city. In 2016, Parking Control issued 2,490 citations for parking violations in the downtown business district. Parking Control also coordinated the removal of 25 junk or abandoned vehicles as part of the City's Vehicle Abatement Program. A total of nine (9) vehicles were immobilized (“booted”) due to their owners having at least three (3) unpaid parking citations; upon successful payment of these past due fines, fees, etc., the vehicles were released to the owners.

PROPERTY CONTROL The Flagstaff Police Department employs one Property Control Coordinator. This civilian employee actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values. They also perform non-commissioned police support duties associated with the maintenance of over 90 police, administrative and specialty vehicles; as such, they schedule and coordinate the service and repairs of these vehicles, ensuring fleet preparedness. Additionally, they manage and stock necessary equipment to help keep the Department functioning at its highest level.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Officer Dave Needham Dave began his service with a three year enlistment in the Army as a Military Policeman. He was hired by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. In 1996 he was employed by the Camp Verde’s Marshall’s Office, and ultimately came to the Flagstaff Police Department in 2005. Over the course of his tenure, he has received numerous commendations for Community Policing Projects that have had a positive impact on both the community and reputation of the Department. The most notable of these include: • • •

Initial set up and scheduling of Night Court in 2009. Night Court was designed to provide Flagstaff youth an opportunity to play basketball in the late evening hours instead of being on the streets. The program created an opportunity for youth between 15 and 18 years old, to play basketball with their peers, and Flagstaff Police Officers. Organizing and assisting with K-9 “sniffs” at the various high schools in the community. The Bicycle Offender Diversion Program, where a cyclist receiving a civil traffic citation would be given the option of either paying fines or attending a safety class and having the fines dismissed.

Additionally Dave has been a part of many other outreach events over the years to include: Flagstaff Bicycling Organization Liaison, Teen Court, Safe Kids Bicycle Rodeos, DUI Impact Panel, and covert underage buys at liquor establishments. Dave has served as a D.A.R.E. Officer, School Resource Officer, Honor Guard Member, and Field Training Officer. Dave will perhaps be best remembered for the enthusiasm he shows in his corny dancing lessons and facial expressions, and his support of the Police Unity Tour.

Detective Dave Holland Dave Holland began his career with the Flagstaff Police Department in 1997. He attended the Northern Arizona Regional Police Training Academy. He promoted to Corporal in 2006, and later transferred into Criminal Investigations. Dave investigated hundreds of felony crimes while assigned to detectives to include missing persons, robberies, aggravated assaults and homicides. Dave’s file is full of numerous commendations for his service to the Department and the citizens of Flagstaff.

Sergeant Matt Wright Matt began his career at the Flagstaff Police Department as intern with the Investigations Division. Matt completed a degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University, and was hired as an officer in June of 1996. He attended the Arizona Law enforcement Training Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. He was promoted to Corporal in 2002 and did a tour in criminal investigations. Matt was promoted to Sergeant in 2006. Matt’s service to our community is apparent in the many thank you letters that populate his file. Matt has also received multiple commendations from the Department for his investigative work on several homicides. During his 20 year tenure, Matt has served as a Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, on the FBI Task Force and as our lead Taser Instructor and Program Administrator. As a Sergeant Matt supervised in both the Criminal Investigation Section and the Professional Standards Office. Matt was responsible for hiring many of the officers working the road today. In 2016 Matt was honored as the Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the year for our Department. Page 86


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Flagstaff Police Department Annual Report 2016  

The Flagstaff Police Department proudly presents the Annual Report for 2016. This comprehensive report includes current crime stats, employe...

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