2020 Flagstaff Police Dept Annual Report

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2020 Flagstaff Police Department Annual Report

Project Manager Chad Smith


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................................... 2 Message from the Chief ........................................................................................................................................... 3 Command Staff Organizational Chart ...................................................................................................................... 7 Vision Statement ...................................................................................................................................................... 9 Organizational Goals .............................................................................................................................................. 10 Office of Professional Standards ............................................................................................................................ 13 Awards and Recognitions ....................................................................................................................................... 16 Personnel Demographics ....................................................................................................................................... 35 Police Employees per 1,000 Citizens ...................................................................................................................... 39 Field Operations – Patrol Division .......................................................................................................................... 40 Traffic Enforcement ............................................................................................................................................... 52 Emergency Services ............................................................................................................................................... 58 Criminal Investigations........................................................................................................................................... 62 Part One Crime Statistics ...................................................................................................................................... 63 Street Crime Task Force ......................................................................................................................................... 75 Community Relations ............................................................................................................................................. 78 Support Services Organizational Chart .................................................................................................................. 84 Emergency Communications ................................................................................................................................. 85 Records .................................................................................................................................................................. 89 Special Services ...................................................................................................................................................... 93 Promotions ............................................................................................................................................................ 94 Retired Employees ................................................................................................................................................. 95

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

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 2020 It is with gratitude that I present the 2020 Flagstaff Police Department Annual Report. This past year has been a challenging one for most of us, including the Flagstaff Police Department. We saw many changes at the police department, some related to the global pandemic and others related to seeing several retirements of our leadership team. I am proud that our personnel worked through COVID pandemic and continue to do so as essential personnel. Because of the pandemic new dispatch protocols were put in place to gather additional information so first responders could don appropriate personal protective equipment when responding to calls. The Department was able to write and secure a couple grants in the amount of $65,000 and $21,000 to assist with the purchase of equipment to keep our personnel safe. We had to limit in-house volunteer work, citizen ride-alongs, and many face to face community policing events as well to protect the community and our personnel. Despite being limited due to the pandemic, our Community Volunteer program was responsible for donating 736 hours which included assistance in the armory, the Better Bucks program, the Citizen’s Academy and other programs. In 2020, our personnel worked several first amendment assemblies and protests. Thankfully they resulted in little violence and property damage. Members of the Department were able to take part in 393 community support meetings, an increase of 13.3% from 2019. Community Relations and other staff completed 1,518 public speaking presentations, as well as media releases which included radio and television interviews. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, virtual tours and presentations were provided to the community during Red Ribbon Week and other popular community events. We still conducted two Citizen’s Police Academies with social distancing and mask requirements. Classes met weekly on Wednesday nights/ and several Saturdays. We advertised and promoted several traffic initiatives including pedestrian safety awareness, and child safety seat enforcement. This was undertaken after an educational component in collaboration with the Coconino County Safe Kids organization. Crime prevention information was provided at two drug drop and shred a thons. The Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Toy Drive delivered toys to hundreds of children throughout Northern Arizona, to include the Navajo Nation. This was possible due to the $11,000 in donations our community gave towards the toy drive. Officers continued to work with Nancy Lieberman Charities to host community youth programming at the Dream Court, located at the Boys and Girls Club in Flagstaff. Our inaugural youth basketball clinic was held and attended by 20 youth participants, with a local travel basketball coach leading the clinic. High school students participated in a two-day law enforcement career day hosted by the department, in conjunction with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Our training section was responsible for providing and documenting 16,958 hours of training, which translates to approximately 150 hours of training per certified officer. (This includes recruit academy training as well as advanced officer training and field training). Officers continued to attend various block watch meetings mostly virtual throughout the community and participated in dozens of Boards and Commissions to support our many partners. Our Department maintained a strong social media presence throughout the year, updating our Facebook page and website often with helpful information for the public, and perhaps most importantly, continued our use of the Flagstaff PD Transparency.com website to post police reports, policies and body camera video immediately following critical incidents in our community. The Flagstaff Police Department works closely with all law enforcement agencies in the region. There is no finer example of this collaboration than the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force. This is a multi- agency, street crimes and narcotics task force that has been in existence for over thirty years. The Flagstaff Police Department supports this initiative by providing office space, and employing an administrative assistant, unit Sergeant, two officers/agents and a Lieutenant who oversees the operation. Over the course of the year several thousands of dollars- worth of illegal drugs were removed from our community. To best allocate our limited resources, the Flagstaff Police Department employs the CompStat program. This program entails an in-depth study of crime trends every month, with a supervisory meeting monthly to discuss crime and hot spots in the community. Goals for numbers of arrests are replaced with crime reduction goals and operations and projects are formulated using data that reflects where crime is occurring, who is committing it and the root problem of the criminal activity. These tactics resulted in the Department achieving many of its goals in reducing criminal activity in 2020. The community benefitted from reductions in aggravated assaults, burglaries, larceny theft, shoplifting and collisions last year. Property crime fell 18% in Flagstaff in 2020, with a 15% reduction in crime overall. We also conferred 10 Lifesaving awards (a historical first), on officers who provided emergency medical care to those suffering from life ending conditions. The Department is monitoring a couple of concerning trends. The community experienced an increase in sexual assaults in 2020 (12 more cases representing a 34% increase). Some of these cases were late reported (the incident happened in previous years), but it is a trend we are monitoring carefully, and will continue to work with our partners (NAU, Northern Arizona Care and Services after Assault-NACASA, Victim Witness and others) as we enter 2021. We also monitored an increase in reported domestic violence cases throughout 2020. The year ended with a 5.7% increase in domestic violence incidents. With the influx of student housing in Flagstaff, it is important to note that per statute, the domestic violence classification is placed on all incidents involving roommates living under the same roof. We will once again work closely with our partners to continue to monitor and address this trend. Page 4


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 We were successful in reforming a few of our policies to better align with community expectations. We were able to put a dozen officers through an advanced crisis intervention training to give them more tools to help on calls with those suffering from mental illness. We partnered with the Crisis Response Network and Terros Mobile Response so they could respond to non-emergent mental health calls when available in lieu of Police Officers. In closing, 2020 was a challenging year for the Flagstaff Police Department in terms of hiring and retaining qualified personnel. In 2020, we conducted 61 background investigations and hired 11 officers and eight (8) dispatchers. We conducted 60 background investigations on prospective applicants. I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Flagstaff Police Department. With the achievements made in 2020 and the anticipation of even more progress in 2021, we look forward to the future secure in the knowledge the City we serve is supportive of our efforts to keep Flagstaff safe, and will continue to partner with us in keeping it that way. Dan Musselman Chief, Flagstaff Police Department

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

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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CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND APPREHENSION OF SUSPECTS Improve the security for the citizens of Flagstaff by proactively addressing property and violent crimes, which impact citizens’ quality of life. Strive to identify and apprehend suspects who commit such crimes. 2020 Goal: Work to address property crimes, with the goal to be within 10% of the National Benchmark set in 2019. The 2019 National Benchmark was at 21.10 property crimes per 1,000 residents. 2020 Actual: Utilizing the US Census Data, showing Flagstaff with a population estimate of 75,038 for 2019, when factored into the total Part 1 Property Crimes for 2020 (2,059), Flagstaff had an average of 27.44 Part 1 property crime incidents per 1,000 residents. 2020 Goal: Work to address violent crimes, with the goal to be within 10% of the National Benchmark set in 2019. The 2019 National Benchmark for violent crime was 3.67 incidents per 1,000 residents. 2020 Actual: Utilizing the US Census Data, showing Flagstaff with a population estimate of 75,038 for 2019, when factored into the total Part 1 Property Crimes for 2020 (317), Flagstaff had an average of 4.23 Part 1 Violent Crime incidents per 1,000 residents; narrowly missing our goal of being within 10% of the National Benchmark from 2019. 2020 Goal: Maintain outstanding clearance rates for Part 1 property and violent crimes by being within 10% of the National Benchmark. The 2019 National Benchmark clearance rates for violent and property crimes were 45.5% and 17.2%, respectively. 2020 Actual: In 2020, our patrol and detective divisions worked collaboratively to achieve a property crime clearance rate of 34% and 62% clearance rate for violent crimes, both of significantly exceed the National Benchmarks. In summary, while our agency was unable to be under or within 10% of national benchmark numbers for crimes per 1,000 residents, we were more than twice as likely to identify, arrest and submit suspects for prosecution, which can help ensure victims of these crimes feel a sense of justice for the crimes committed against them.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 GOALS TO ENHANCE OUR 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. 2020 Goal: A 5% increase in participation in all community policing programs from calendar year 2019, during which we conducted 347 community related meetings. 2020 Actual: Despite the challenges posed in 2020, our agency conducted 393 community support meetings resulting in an increase of 13.3% from 2019. 2020 Goal: Work with community partners to help ensure public intoxicants are identified and provided appropriate referrals for service; this may result in our goal of seeing a reduction of 5% of public intoxicant related contacts, as they engage and receive assistance they need. We had a total of 3,058 such contacts in 2019. 2020 Actual: In 2020, we contacted 2,696 public intoxicants, a decrease of 11.8%. 2020 Goal: Remain proactive in drug enforcement efforts and increase our felony drug arrests by 5% from 2019. 2020 Actual: Flagstaff Police Department had 449 felony drug arrests in 2019; our 442 felony drug arrest in 2020 caused us to fall short of our goal.

PUBLIC SAFETY GOALS 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. 2020 Goal: Reduce domestic violence incidents by 5% from calendar year 2019. 2020 Actual: In 2019, FPD investigated a total of 1,809 domestic violence related incidents; in 2020, our community experienced an increase of 5.7% domestic violence related incidents. 2020 Goal: Increase DUI related arrests by 5% from calendar year 2019. 2020 Actual: In 2019, Flagstaff Police Department made 488 DUI arrest. In 2020, our agency arrested 473 individuals suspected of DUI, a decrease of 3.8%.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 GOALS TO REDUCE COLLISIONS Promote traffic safety on Flagstaff’s streets by identifying and targeting the causes of motor vehicle collisions and providing highly visible deterrents. 2020 Goal: Reduce total collisions by 5% from calendar year 2019 (2,843 total collisions). 2020 Actual: In 2020, there was a reduction of Non-Injury Collisions (-21%), Injury Collisions (-33%) and Fatal Collisions (-25%). In total, there were 2,199 collisions in 2020, exceeding our goal of a 5% reduction from 2019. 2020 Goal: Increase traffic warnings and traffic stops to address and change driver behavior and/or legal violations. 2020 Actual: Compared to 2019, we experienced a decrease of traffic warnings and stops by 18% and 28% respectively.

RESPONSIVENESS Provide exemplary customer service to our citizens and individiuals who are visiting our community. 2020 Goal: Assure response time to priority one calls remain below the National Benchmark of 5.52 minutes. 2020 Actual: The average response time to priority one calls for 2020 was 4.40 minutes. 2020 Goal: Achieve a 5% reduction in sustained complaints from 2019 (9 sustained complaints). 2020 Actual: In 2020, we had zero (0) sustained complaints. 2020 Goal: Maintain a positive customer service survey rates that exceed the National Benchmark of 77%. 2020 Actual: Of the 240 surveys distributed to community members who had police contact, we received 100 back. Any survey that has more than one score below 3 (out of 13 scoreable categories), in any portion of the inidividual’s process with our agency (dispatch, police services and/or records service) results in a dissatisfied citizen. Based on a review of the surveys, our Flagstaff Police Department exceeded the National Benchmark by having a customer service satification rating of 93%.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 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 review of the use of force reports. Hiring Over 80 applications were accepted for sworn officer positions, including recruits and lateral positions. Qualified applicants proceeded through the application process which includes a written examination, physical agility test, oral board interviews, and extensive background investigations. From the pool of 80 applicants for sworn positions, there was a total of 11 officers hired. Over 100 applications for civilian positions were accepted. Twenty-five background investigations were conducted resulting in the hiring a total of 8 Dispatchers and 3 Administrative Specialists. Pre-Academy, Academy and Post-Academy orientation were conducted in 2020 resulting in over 11,000 hours of new police recruit training. The orientations provide information on what to expect as a recruit in the police academy, successfully complete the academy and post training. It is coordinated by the Office of Professional Standards Sergeant with the assistance of Training Officers. Internal Affairs The Office of Professional Standards Sergeant accepts, assigns, tracks and investigates external and internal complaints regarding alleged employee misconduct. The department thoroughly investigates all complaints involving employees to preserve public and enhance trust 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 end of the investigation.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Disposition of Citizen Complaints Disposition

Number 0 1 4 2 19 26

Sustained Partially Sustained Not Sustained Exonerated Unfounded TOTAL

Percentage 0% 4% 15% 8% 73% 100%

Citizen Complaints by Ethnic Origin of Complainant

8%

12%

0%

4%

77%

American Indian/Alaskan Native

Asian

Black

White (Non-Hispanic)

White (Hispanic) American Indian/Alaskan Native

3

12%

Asian

0

0%

Black

1

4%

20

77%

2

8%

26

100%

White (Non-Hispanic) White (Hispanic) TOTAL

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 DISPOSITION OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION COMPLAINTS Disposition

Number

Percent

Sustained

8

57%

Unfounded

3

21%

Exonerated

1

7%

Partially Sustained

0

0%

Not Sustained

0

0%

Total

12

100%

1

3

8

Sustained

Unfounded

Exonerated

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

ANNUAL AWARDS

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 Exchange Club: Officer of the Year Officer Nick Rubey

Officer Rubey was honored by the Exchange Club as their 2020 FPD Officer of the Year. Rubey has assisted with multiple community policing projects, despite the pandemic. These included countless positive contacts with city business owners and managers, to help with trespass issues and abandoned vehicles. During the past year, Rubey also served as the assistant to the field training program. His consistent dedication to improving the department and the city remain evident. As both a field training officer and a firearms instructor, Officer Rubey ensured that our newer officers were properly trained and prepared to handle the challenges of being a police officer. He has grown from being a trainer to a mentor for our younger officers and guided them towards successful careers that are rooted in service to our community. By passing on his work ethic and values to the new officers that he mentors, Officer Rubey has multiplied the good that is done for our community exponentially. It is for these reasons, that Officer Nicholas Rubey is hereby honored as the 2020 Exchange Club Officer of the Year.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 FOP Officer of the Year Officer John Castaneda

Officer John Castaneda was selected as this year’s FOP Officer of the Year. Castaneda was hired by the Flagstaff Police Department in April 2018 and graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in September of 2018. Upon completion of Field Training, Officer Castaneda was assigned to David Squad. Once on patrol, Castaneda quickly demonstrated his ability and motivation in wanting to succeed. Castaneda focused on the Department’s Mission statement “to protect and preserve life” and found his niche in Impaired Driving Detection and drug related investigations and never looked back. During 2019, Officer Castaneda had 43 DUI related arrests, which led the entire department and 75 felony arrests which is approximately 1/3 rd of his squad’s total felony arrests. Castaneda’s hard work and exceptional work ethic was quickly recognized by our Criminal Investigation’s department and METRO Narcotics Department. His thorough investigations and detailed reports have been acknowledged on numerous occasions by Detectives, his dedication in drug related investigations earned him an invitation to the Arizona Narcotic Officers Association Conference. In September of 2019, Castaneda assisted with a drive by shooting investigation and recognized the suspect vehicle and registered owner from prior law enforcement contacts. Castaneda was able to provide detailed information regarding the prior contacts with the suspect and suspect vehicle which ultimately led to an arrest and seizure of 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine, a firearm, and approximately $2000 cash. Castaneda’s knowledge and alertness to this incident helped keep a violent drug offender off the streets. In October of 2019, Castaneda received a commendation for his actions regarding a combative subject with a deadly weapon at the Grey Hound Bus Station. Castaneda showed great restraint while deescalating the situation as opposed to using deadly force. Castaneda’s actions were a great demonstration of preserving life, in support of our mission. Page 18


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Castaneda is often approached by his squad mates for advice. He is never concerned about working long hours and often conducts self-initiated investigations up to the last minute of his shift, to properly serve crime victims. His ability to speak Spanish fluently has not only been an asset for the Flagstaff Police Department, but his skills have often been requested by surrounding agencies to assist with investigations. Castaneda has also built a great rapport within the Spanish speaking community within Flagstaff. He conducts himself in a manner consistent of a leader and works selflessly to develop others, so they may also be successful in their career with the Flagstaff Police Department.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 VFW Officer of the Year Officer Adam Williams

Adam Williams was hired with the Flagstaff Police Department in April of 2018. He lateralled to our department from Pima County, where he served admirably for several years, leaving as a detective. Adam served in the Air Force prior to his law enforcement career. As a new officer to our agency he hit the ground running. He immediately became the top producer of field activity on his squad and took on two Block watch programs. These included the Downtown Business Alliance, and the Bicycle Education and Diversion program. He supported the Downtown Business Alliance by conducting walking beat details, bicycle patrol, and working several protests related to social justice issues. Under the Bicycle education and Diversion program, he attends the bicycle advisory committee meetings and is the lead instructor for the bicycle diversion program, which allows those who have received a citation on their bicycle to take an educational class in order to have the citation dismissed. Recently Adam volunteered to assist with training all staff on our new records management system. This new system was delayed several years due to not being user ready. Needless to say, navigating the system remains a challenge for most officers, even those with strong computer skills. Adam has made himself available after work hours to help trouble shoot issues and assist officers in getting the proper information inputted into the system. Most recently Adam completed the motor academy and is awaiting an opening on the traffic squad so he can ride the motorcycle. Adam is one of our field training officers, and has trained several of our new officers, allowing them to learn from his past experiences. Adam also serves as a firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor. Adam is nominated for this award, because he is always volunteering to increase the safety and expertise of his fellow officers and holds himself to the highest traditions of the police profession and Mission of the Flagstaff Police Department and service to our community.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 Meritorious Service Officer Nick Oliver

On January 16th, 2020, Officer John Oliver was on patrol and responded to North Third Street regarding a an intoxicated father who as suicidal and armed with a knife. The call indicated the father still had possession of the knife and was outside of the residence with his daughter. When Officer Oliver arrived at the residence, the suicidal father was holding a large fixed-blade knife to his neck and sitting on a retaining wall next to his daughter. Officer Oliver responded appropriately and drew his firearm and gave the father commands to drop the knife in front of a crowd of his family. Instead of complying with commands, the suicidal man stood up with the knife in his right hand and began walking toward Oliver who was approximately twelve feet from him. The man held the knife up in an aggressive manner at his chest level. Oliver tactically backed away from the suicidal man, and continued to give him commands to drop the knife. The man continued to walk toward Oliver with the knife. Oliver’s backup officer was about to arrive to the scene, but the suicidal man’s actions put Officer Oliver’s life in imminent jeopardy requiring him to take immediate action. Officer Oliver drew his less-lethal taser device with his left hand, and he was able to successfully deploy it, advance, and kick the knife away. Oliver was justified in using deadly force against the suicidal father in front of his family, but he took extraordinary measures that are outside of the regular training methods of our officers to save the man. Officer Oliver upheld the department’s mission and value statements to protect and preserve life to the highest degree, and he put his own safety in jeopardy to do so. Officer Oliver calmly consoled the man afterward and was told his brother had passed away the same day. Officer Oliver remained calm during the entire event and treated the suicidal man with dignity and respect despite just being attacked by him with a knife. Officer Oliver ensured the man received the appropriate first aid and mental health treatment afterward. Officer Oliver’s actions are in line with our highest value of protecting and preserving life. He is hereby awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Victim Witness Services Heart of Gold Award Officer Roger Medrano

Victim Witness Services selected Officer Medrano to receive the 2020 Heart of Gold Award for the Flagstaff Police Department. This award is given each year to members of law enforcement who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion and dedication to working with victims of crime. Officer Medrano was nominated for this award because Victim Witness advocates believe he goes above and beyond expectations when serving victims of crime. He displayed compassion for victims and witnesses by utilizing Victim Witness services and and recognizing when there were safety concerns, potential homelessness as a result of being a victim or other serious circumstances were recognized. Above all Victim Witness Services applauds Officer Medrano for approaching every situation with an open mind and respect for a person's dignity. It is important for people to feel safe and understood by law enforcement, and Victim Witness advocates believe Officer Medrano achieved that in his work. Thank you for all of the work you have done, and will continue to do, helping victims of crime receive justice and find healing.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 – City Manager Award: Ponderosa – Accountability Communications Manager Katie Brandis

The recipient of the 2020 Ponderosa Award for Accountability has worked hard to ensure the Police Department Communications Center maintained functionality while quickly adapting to advancing technology. Katie attended trainings, strategic meetings, statewide seminars, and other administrative duties to ensure the Flagstaff Police Department was capable of implementing the technological advancements. She was tasked with the successful implementation of a “text to 911” service rolling out across the state. All the while working to ensure the 911 system was up and functioning; recognizing system failures and communicating with the appropriate people to quickly correct the issue. In addition, Katie has been stepping in to cover shifts and provide breaks to Communication Specialists during the pandemic. Her leadership and these efforts have led to longer tenure of the employees within the Communication Center. This employee’s dedication and accountability has ensured the best level of service to the hardworking communication specialists within the dispatch center, the Flagstaff Police Department, all other agencies in Northern Arizona they provide dispatch service for and the Flagstaff community members and visitors!

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 City Manager Award: Aspen – Teamwork Sharon Whitmore, Kristin Decker, Angela Eberhardt, Mike Oliver & Adam Williams

The Aspen Award for Teamwork recognizes a group of employees that agreed to participate in testing, training and evaluation of the new On Call Reporting software. These employees spentlong hours testing and evaluating the software to identify flaws, recommend changes, and verify patches to help create a working report program for the Flagstaff Police Department.The employees assigned in Records assisted with workflow, created configurations, interfaces,and helped to ensure the record keeping needs of the Flagstaff Police Department were being met. The evidence employees helped develop a completely new Evidence module within OnCall Reporting to ensure the Flagstaff Police Department has a quality evidence module thatother agencies had been unable to use. The two employees on the team from Patrol evaluated the software as end users and created a comprehensive training curriculum which included a detailed PowerPoint presentation and ‘how to’ guides so members of the department would be able to transition from ILEADS to On Call. These two Patrol members agreed to be available by telephone for Officers who were having problems 24 hours a day. This team had to implement the software so it could work with less than a 3% error rate.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award Officer John Castaneda

The Flagstaff Police Department’s 2020 MADD Officer of the Year is John Castaneda. Officer Castaneda was born in San Diego, California and attended Northern Arizona University; where he played football for the Lumberjacks and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Fitness Wellness. Officer Castaneda was hired by the Flagstaff Police Department on April 23, 2018 and completed his training at the Phoenix Regional Police Academy on September 21, 2018. Casteneda was assigned to the patrol division where he quickly and effectively demonstrated his desire to gain experience in the practice of apprehending impaired drivers. He worked diligently to ensure his actions and investigations fulfilled the Flagstaff Police Department’s Mission, which includes “preserving life and protecting property”. Objective evidence of Castaneda’s commitment to the preservation of life and protection of property is most noticeable when reviewing his investigation and apprehension efforts related to impaired drivers. During this award period, Officer Castaneda was directly responsible for the detection and apprehension of 44 individuals who were charged with driving while impaired by alcohol and / or drugs. Officer Castaneda has been praised by Detectives for his thorough and detailed investigations; and is often commended by fellow officers and supervisors for his work efforts. On several occasions, Officer Castaneda routinely provides learning opportunities and trainings for fellow squad mates by providing in-service trainings related to driving behavior detection; and on occasion allows fellow officers to complete the investigation for experience and skill development. Officer Castaneda’s dedication to the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers within our community, ensuring his investigations are of high quality for successful prosecution, and his commitment to the Flagstaff olice Department’s Mission of protecting life and property through his personal efforts is commended.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lifesaving Award Officer Angel Arzola Ortega

On January 16th, 2020, Officer Angel Arzola initiated an emergency response to a heart attack in progress at the Aqua Plex. Upon his arrival he ran inside the building and found an unresponsive male on the floor on the second level. The subject had collapsed while running on the treadmill. Aqua-plex staff had hooked the subject up to an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator, and indicted they were not getting a response. Arzola immediately started Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Arzola was able to get a slight pulse, as medics showed up and took over working the subject. According to medics, the subject coded and was shocked several more times on the way to the hospital. Ultimately the subject survived and walked out of the hospital several days later. Emergency personnel credited Arzola with starting the chain (CPR) which ultimately kept the subject alive. For these reasons Officer Angel Arzola is honored with the Flagstaff Police Department Lifesaving Award.

Lifesaving Award Officers Christopher Wesley and Anthony Cordes On March 7th, 2020, at 0132 hours, Officers Chris Wesley and Anthony Cordes responded to call for service in East Flagstaff. The unknown caller told dispatch that a 21-year-old female had fainted and was not breathing. The caller further reported the female was turning blue, had a very faint pulse and it may be an overdose on pain medications. Upon arrival Wesley and Cordes assessed the situation. They assessed the female patient and recognized that she no longer had a pulse and was not breathing. They realized she needed immediate medical assistance and CPR was started. Additionally, they recognized the signs/symptoms of a narcotic overdose and brought their Naloxone (Narcan) from their vehicle. They worked together and administered two separate doses of Naloxone to reverse a narcotic overdose. Upon administering the two doses, the female was revived, regained her pulse/breathing, and was further treated by medical staff who had by then arrived on scene. She was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment and was expected to make a full recovery. Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Romero later called the squad sergeant to ensure the officers received recognition that through their quick thinking and falling back on their training, they saved the females’ life and are hereby awarded the Lifesaving Award. Page 26


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lifesaving Award Officers Nick Ashland and Ryan Gray

On 03/26/2020 at approximately 2348 hours, Field Training Officer (FTO) Ashland and Officer Gray, responded to the Fry’s Grocery Store at 201 N Switzer Canyon Dr., Flagstaff, AZ. The male caller told dispatch that his 30-year-old friend was not breathing and possibly took Fentanyl. The friend began CPR. Upon arrival FTO Ashland and Gray assessed the 30-year-old subject. Officer Gray determined the subject was not breathing and could not locate a pulse, recognizing the need for immediate medical assistance. Officer Gray took over chest compressions. They both recognized the signs/symptoms of a narcotic overdose and FTO Ashland retrieved the Narcan from their vehicle. They worked together and FTO Ashland administered two separate doses of Naloxone to reverse a narcotic overdose. Upon administering the two doses, the subject was revived, regained his pulse/breathing and was further treated by medical staff that arrived on scene. He was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment and was expected to make a full recovery. Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Romero advised Officers Ashland and Gray’s supervisor that through their quick thinking and falling back on their training, they saved a life that night. Upon further investigating, the subject reportedly took Fentanyl prior to driving and picking up his friend. Fentanyl has been the cause of multiple overdose deaths in Flagstaff and all over the nation. Life is the highest value of the Flagstaff Police Department and the mission of the Flagstaff Police Department is, first, to protect and preserve life. Together, Officers Ashland and Gray proved their alignment with the Flagstaff Police Department’s mission and values by saving a life that night. They are hereby award the Lifesaving Medal

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lifesaving Award Officers Zackery Holland and Elijah Kim

On May 3rd, 2020 at 0103hrs Officer Zak Holland and Officer Elijah Kim responded to 2440 E Lucky Lane at Motel 6. The caller stated her 14-year-old son was not breathing. CPR had been started by other family who were present in the motel room. Officer Kim arrived at the hotel within one minute and immediately ran to the room to assist. When he entered the room, he encountered a 14-year-old male subject on the ground with no pulse and no signs of life. Officer Kim immediately began performing CPR on the young male. Officer Holland arrived and assisted Officer Kim by ensuring the airway of the patient was clear. Within minutes the officers learned the patient was possibly misusing narcotic drugs. Officer Kim was prepared for this possibility and had brought his issued Naloxone (Narcan) canisters from his patrol car. Officer Kim asked Officer Holland to administer the Naloxone to the patient. One dose was administered which had an immediate altering effect on the patient. A second dose was administered, and a pulse was regained. The patient then began breathing on his own and was further treated by Fire Department and paramedic personnel who had now arrived on scene. The 14-year-old patient was transported to the hospital where he recovered. The quick thinking by the two officers undoubtedly saved the life of the young man. There is no higher duty of a police officer than to save the life of another. Preservation of life is our highest value. These officers answered their call to duty by swift and decisive action. In support of the mission of the Flagstaff Police Department to protect and preserve life, Officer Holland and Officer Kim are hereby awarded the Lifesaving award.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lifesaving Award Officers Jason Blair and Tanner Johnston

On 05-12-20, Officers Jason Blair and Tanner Johnston responded to Motel 6 located on Woodland Village for a priority call of a male subject who was not breathing. The officers responded in PPE due to COVID. Upon Officer Johnston’s arrival, a female was conducting CPR. Johnston relieved her and began chest compressions. After approximately 50 compressions, Officer Blair arrived, and Johnston announced the male was vomiting what appeared to be blood or bile. Blair assisted in placing the subject on his side. Blair observed the position of the subject’s eyes and knew from his training and experience it was a sign of an overdose. Blair asked the female if the subject had taken any illegal drugs. The female stated the subject had taken M-30 pills, but she did not know how many but believed the subject had taken all of them. Blair knew the pills to be Fentanyl. Blair ran to his vehicle and returned to the room with NARCAN. He administered the first dose of NARCAN and announced this to Dispatch. He attempted to get a response from the male and checked for a pulse. He administered the second dose of NARCAN. The subject slowly responded to the NARCAN and had a slight pulse. Medics arrived and the officers informed the medics what the subject had taken and 2 doses of NARCAN had been administered. Medics began transport and the subject was responding to the medics. The officers’ performance during this high stress incident undoubtedly saved a life. Their actions are recognized to promote the department’s mission and values.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lifesaving Award Officers Benjamin Shantz and Bethany Hyde

On 05-30-20 at approximately 0127 hours, Officer Bethany Hyde and Officer Benjamin Shantz responded to the L Motel located at 121 S. Milton Road in reference to a patient not breathing in Room #114. Upon arrival, Officer Hyde observed unknown female already giving chest compressions to the patient. Officer Hyde immediately jumped to action and took over administering chest compressions on the patient for several minutes. In his quick thinking, Officer Shantz was able to establish the patient was suffering from an overdose of some sort of opiate narcotic. Officer Shantz quickly retrieved the NARCAN from his patrol vehicle had administered two doses of NARCAN to the patient which permitted the patient to regain consciousness. The patient was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he received treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The prompt actions of Officer Bethany Hyde and Officer Benjamin Shantz are a clear indicator of their commitment to the mission of the Flagstaff Police Department. Their exemplary performance under pressure protected the life of a community member. Officer Bethany Hyde and Officer Benjamin Shantz are hereby honored with the Flagstaff Police Department Life Saving Award.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Lifesaving Award Officer Danny Warden

On 05-13-20 Officer Warden responded to an emergency call for a female not breathing. Officer Warden answered up and began to head to the address as a Guardian Ambulance passed him going to the same call of service utilizing emergency lights and sirens. Officer Warden drove tandem with the Ambulance also utilizing emergency lights and sirens. He arrived on scene at the same time as the Guardian Medics. Officer Warden donned his PPE equipment and entered the residence. Inside he located a male, conducting compressions on his wife. The male got up and let Officer Warden get in place to continue the compressions. Officer Warden noticed that the female was not breathing, did not have a pulse, and was cold to the touch. While conducting compressions Officer Warden heard the female start to breathe and checked to find a pulse. He continued compression until Medics enter the residence and take over life-saving procedures. While Officer Warden is speaking with Fire Fighters and Medics, they administer NARCAN to the victim and she shortly comes fully to and is transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. The Fire Captain on scene advised that Officer Warden’s compressions contributed in the overall success in bringing the victim to a full recovery from her not breathing. For this reason, he is hereby honored with the Flagstaff Police Department Life Saving Award.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Lifesaving Award Officer Jesse Schafer

On June 2, 2020 at approximately 6:34 PM, Officer Schafer responded to the 400 block of N Switzer Canyon Drive for a report of an unresponsive female who was not breathing and lying in the middle of the parking lot. Officer Schafer arrived on scene and immediately recognized the female had overdosed from opiates. Officer Schafer immediately administered Narcan and continued CPR until medics arrived on scene. The female was ultimately stabilized, having regained a pulse and began breathing on her own. Upon speaking to medical personnel after this incident, they commended Officer Schafer’s actions and cited his actions contributed to saving the female’s life. Officer Schafer is hereby awarded the Flagstaff Police Departments Life Saving medal for his actions in support of our mission.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Lifesaving Award Officer Zachary Syers On 10/22/2020 at 1935 hours, Ofc Syers responded to a medical assist for a report of a subject not breathing. Ofc Syers was around the corner from the call on an unrelated matter when he heard the call come out. Ofc Syers arrived on scene and located the reporting party in the front yard, who was a friend of the victim who was inside. The reporting party was gaming online with the victim, when he noticed the victim did not appear to be breathing. Ofc Syers looked through the front window and could see the victim slumped over in a chair. The victim did not respond to Ofc Syers knocking or verbal commands. The front door was locked and Ofc Syers without hesitation understood he needed to enter the apartment to render immediate life-saving medical aid. Ofc Syers forced entry through the front door and requested the reporting party enter the residence to assist him by removing the victim from the chair. Ofc Syers noticed the victim was very pale and was not breathing. Ofc Syers administered chest compressions and only after approximately 20 seconds, the victim became somewhat alert. The victim appeared dazed and was unaware of his surroundings at the moment he came around. Ofc Syers questioned him about any medical conditions followed by any recreational drug use. Syers indicated this was only so he could pass the information along to responding medics. Ofc Syers remained calm during this entire time and stayed with the victim until medics arrived. Later in shift, medical providers at FMC indicated the victim was expected to make a full recovery. Ofc Syers displayed great officer awareness and reacted immediately once scene. His actions in this situation are in keeping with the highest standards of Flagstaff Police Department’s Mission Statement by protecting and preserving life. Officer Syers is hereby awarded the Lifesaving Award for his actions.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Lifesaving Award Officers Siearra Padilla

On 05/30/2020 at approximately 0213 hours, Officer Siearra Padilla responded to a call for service for a 25-year-old subject who was not breathing and possibly choking. Officer Padilla was first on scene and located the subject inside a hotel room laying on his back and barely breathing; The breathing then stopped. Officer Padilla began chest compressions and continued for approximately 60 seconds until she heard shallow breathing again. During this time Officer Padilla was calm and worked on collecting medical information that could assist the still responding medics. After another 60 seconds, the subject stopped breathing again and was found to have no pulse. Officer Padilla re-started chest compressions for an extended period until medics arrived. Padilla observed a white powdery substance next to a partially crushed pill lying next to the subject. The substance was later found to be Fentanyl. Medics administered Naloxone to reverse the narcotic overdose, and the subject regained his pulse/breathing and was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for observation. Upon further investigating, it was confirmed the subject took Fentanyl, guised as Percocet, prior to losing all signs of life. Fentanyl has been the cause of multiple overdose deaths in Flagstaff and all over the nation. It was apparent that due to Officer Padilla’s approximate 4 minutes and 33 seconds of chest compressions, she prevented this subject from dying prior to medic arrival. Officer Padilla’s actions in saving a life, bring honor to her and our agency in support of our mission of protecting and preserving life. She is hereby awarded the lifesaving award.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Demographics for Sworn & Civilian Personnel

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 DEMOGRAPHICS – SWORN AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL

FPD Personnel by Race/Ethnicity 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

American Indian

Asian

Black

Hispanic

White

Sworn

3

2

1

11

94

Civilian

5

1

0

4

35

Sworn

Civilian

FPD Personnel by Age 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

18 to 20

21 to 29

30 to 39

40 to 49

50 +

Sworn

0

44

39

22

6

Civilian

6

14

12

6

9

Sworn

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 FPD Personnel by Years of Service 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

0 to 3

4 to 6

7 to 9

10 to 15

16 to 19

20 +

Sworn

41

15

15

14

15

11

Civilian

13

11

8

6

5

2

Sworn

Civilian

FPD Personnel by Educational Experience 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 High School

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Masters Degree

PHD

Sworn

8

30

8

57

7

1

Civilian

9

15

6

12

3

0

Sworn

Civilian

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 FPD Sworn Personnel by Gender Female, 6, 5%

Male, 105, 95%

Male

Female

FPD Civilian Personnel by Gender Male, 7, 16%

Female, 38, 84%

Male

Female

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Police Employees Per 1,000 Citizens

2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0

Flagstaff

Avondale

Buckeye

Casa Grande

Goodyear

Arizona

Cities 50K to 99K

National

0.5

Lake Havasu City 0.7

Civilian Index

0.8

0.7

0.5

0.5

Sworn Index

1.4

0.5

1.1

1.6

1.5

1.2

1.2

1.3

1.3

1.8

1.6

2.4

Numbers are derived from 2019 FBI UCR information as the data for 2020 has not been published.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Deputy Chief Walt Miller

Criminal Investigation Lt. Scott Mansfield

Criminal Investigations Street Crimes Task Force

Patrol Lieutenants Lt. Frank Higgins

Patrol Lieutenants

Patrol Lieutenants

Lt. Lance Roberts

Lt. Paul Lasiewicki

2 Patrol Squads

2 Patrol Squads

King Squad

Special Enforcement Squad

Traffic Unit

2 Patrol Squads 3 Police Aides

Emergency Services Tactical Operations Explosives Disposal Hostage Negotiations

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

COMPSTAT PROGRAM This year marks the thirteenth 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 can define specific crime trends and deploy resources 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 2020 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 special assignments and task force operations comprise the operational units of the Flagstaff Police Department. We revised CompStat by introducing a strategic management system to allow for more timely information sharing and pre-emptive policing to help prevent crime. Using monthly CompStat meetings to share timely information about highrisk 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 Worn Camera program as we recently introduced the second generation of Axon Body Worn Camera, known as the Flex-2. The use of body cameras increases transparency and enhances effective prosecution. The cameras assist with citizen complaint investigations and the review of the 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 393 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 modified and streamlined our background and fingerprinting process by incorporating electronic scheduling; this helped reduce the number of indiduals in our lobby and serves as one example of the efforts taken to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. 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 two (2) Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid AWD Utility vehicles. We increased the skill and confidence level of our officers by providing training. In 2020, we provided 5,106 hours of advanced officer training. We strengthened the Department’s informal and formal counseling abilities through the expansion of additional training for the CISM (Crisis Incident Stress Management) teams and the Departments Peer Mentoring Program. We continued scheduling appointments for the Police Awareness Support Services Program also known as PASS. This program is helped to break the stigma of getting help for our officers and civilian employees and families. One recent initiative created was bringing in house a licensed counselor to be available to staff one a month. These appointments have been booked every time the counselor is on site. We plan to continue to grow this program into 2021 and continue to help our employees with mental and physical health. Page 42


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 OTHER INITIATIVES THE DEPARTMENT HAS ACCOMPLISHED OR UNDERTAKEN OVER THE PAST YEAR: All sworn Officers received training on Mental Health First Aid, and NARCAN Administration. Trained all Officers in “Fair and Impartial Policing”, an 8-hour course and did a 4-hour community presentation. The Police Department held weekly meetings with the NAU Dean of Students to exchange data on student arrests. The Street Crimes Unit’s investigations resulted in 88 arrests and 339 charges for drug and weapons related violations. The Community Resource Office, in coordination with Support Services, continued to use and maintain transparency with the public on multiple high-profile cases and incidents throughout the year at http://fpdtransparency.com/ Implemented an upgrade to our records management system. Implemented the Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) program to leverage technology to efficiently issue citations, warnings, and create traffic accident reports. Installed a new Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone system throughout the Police Department. Approved to receive over $2,800 worth of radiation detection equipment for our reginal bomb squad via a grant through the Emergency Response Fund. Monthly problem-solving meetings were held with the Downtown Business Alliance. Police Officers coordinated and met monthly as part of the Flagstaff Retail Asset Protection Association (FRAPA) to exchange information on retail crime trends until the COPVID-19 pandemic. Property crime detectives currently speak telephonically with major retailers. Members of the department conducted nine nighttime fly-over operations and 46 woods watch patrols to help prevent catastrophic wildfires during the high-risk summer months. The Police Department continues to scan and save documents electronically and is phasing out electronic fax machines. The first Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid vehicle for FPD made its debut. We received grant funding to purchase an electric motorcycle for the Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Police Department. Sustained continuity of operations and excellent customer service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Met or exceeded national or comparison benchmarks on response times to high priority crimes. Staffed a third Airport position to allow better coverage of the increased flights and screenings. Reduced traffic collisions and associated injuries through the identification and increased of collision-causing violations such as impaired driving, speed, red light and following too closely. Continued to utilize the Citizens Liaison Committee meetings to present topics of interest to our community and enhance communication between the police department and our citizens. Continued to work with the city and key stakeholders during review of large scale Special Events which often include alcohol consumption and are hosted near our most vulnerable populations Held Officer Shughart memorial event Reviewed and revised out CIT and Civil Commitment polices and provided training to patrol officers on the new policies. Presented to City Council on our Response to Resistance, Training, and hiring process as well as Alternative response models and Citizen Review Boards.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 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 of our citizens and visitors. They contacted 210 camps during Woods Watch patrol in the fire season as well. 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. Other community engagement efforts included: • • • • • • • • •

Coordinated directed patrols, based on community member concerns, to address quality of life issues as well as help prevent victimization and perpetration of crimes by serial inebriates. 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. Night Court 2.0 took place at Flagstaff Junior Academy on Friday Nights every 2 weeks Held two Citizen Academy Classes despite Covid-19 pandemic NAU and High School Media & Policing Presentations continued remotely Drivers Education presentations at both High Schools continued remotely Nancy Lieberman Grant Funding for Police & Basketball activity programming Toy Drive serving over 500 families in Flagstaff, Coconino County, Williams, and nearby Reservation communities

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Successfully applied for and were awarded multiple Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grants, Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistnance Grant, Arizona Criminla Justice Commission Grant for COVID-19 Relief, Attorney General Office Law Enforcement Equipment Funding Program Grant and Department of Justice Coronavirus Grant. Wrote and received over $80,000 in GOHS grants to help fund various projects related to traffic safety and enforcement. Assisted with the 2020 Law enforcement Toy Drive Promoted a new Support Services Manager Promoted a new Special Services Supervisor Implement a new Records Management System (first upgrade in nearly 20 years) Implemented a new software-based traffic citations system (TraCS) and installed printers and scanners in patrol officer’s vehicles. Held multiple testing process and promoted two new Dispatch Supervisors Promoted a 911 Coordinator. Completed the grant application for 911 billing Implemented text to 911 in the dispatch center. Purchased IA Pro Blue team Coordinated multiple retirement celebrations

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 OPERATIONS RELATED DATA Activity

2019

2020

% Change

Part One Violent Crimes

301

317

5.2%

Part One Violent Crimes Cleared

280

196

14%

2,352

2,059

-12.5%

19,689

17,768

-9.8%

6,798

5,771

-15.1%

80,419

79,186

-1.5%

Domestic Violence Incidents

1,809

1,912

5.7%

Public Assist

7,235

7,937

9.7%

Presentations & Media Releases

1,551

1,518

-2.1%

347

393

13.3%

108,565

129,798

19.6%

Training Hours

24,862

16,958

-31.8%

Field Interviews

12,106

9,356

-22.7%

Public Intoxicants

3,058

2,696

-11.8%

Animal Control Calls for Service

3,082

2,457

-20.3%

Part One Property Crimes Reports Taken Arrests Total Calls for Service

Community Support Meetings Patrol Hours in Field

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 TWO YEAR COMPARISON OF ARRESTS BY OFFENSE CLASSIFICATION CLASSIFICATION HOMICIDE SEX OFFENSES SEX ASSAULTS ROBBERY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BURGLARY LARCENY AUTO THEFT MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT ARSON FORGERY/COUNTERFEITING EMBEZZLEMENT FRAUD POSSESSION STOLEN PROPERTY VANDALISM WEAPONS VIOLATION PROSTITUTION

ADULT

JUVENILE

2020 TOTAL

2019 TOTAL

% CHANGE

6

0

6

2

200.0%

91

1

92

114

-19.3%

7

0

7

7

0.0%

28

0

28

13

115.4%

183 30 489 13 731 4

4 3 27 2 31 1

187 33 516 15 762 5

259 19 687 11 688 6

-27.8% 73.7% -24.9% 36.4% 10.8% -16.7%

8

0

8

16

-50.0%

0 7

0 1

0 8

2 1

-100.0% 700.0%

18

0

18

5

260.0%

257

15

272

282

-3.5%

24

1

25

23

8.7%

0

0

0

0

0.0%

33

2

35

30

16.7%

490 0 19 493

16 0 0 3

506 0 19 483

757 0 30 381

-33.2% 0.0% -36.7% 30.2%

663

20

683

591

15.6%

798 753 0

13 5 0

811 758 0

924 895 4

-12.2% -15.3% -100.0%

0 5129

2 147

2 5276

3 5750

-33.3% -8.2%

SALE/MANUFACTURE DRUGS POSSESSION DRUGS GAMBLING FAMILY OFFENSES DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE LIQUOR VIOLATIONS DISORDERLY CONDUCT ALL OTHER EXCEPT TRAFFIC CURFEW VIOLATIONS RUNAWAYS TOTAL

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

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Police Calls Holding Ten Year Comparison: 2011-2020 12 10 8 6 4 2 0

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

20 Minute Calls Holding

6.6

7.4

8.3

9.7

7.7

7.8

7.5

60 Minute Calls Holding

1.6

0.9

0.7

1.4

0.8

1.4

1.1

2018

2019

2020*

7

10

8.7

0.8

1.7

1.4

Police Calls For Service and Reports Taken Ten Year Comparison: 2011-2020 50,000 45,000 40,000 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Police Calls

40,568

43,304

47,508

44,447

42,403

46,707

45,403

42,859

43,401

41,933

Reports

23,719

24,490

21,439

20,145

17,527

19,402

18,628

17,609

19,689

17,768

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

2020 Adult Arrest By Race*

DUI

493

American Indian or Alaskan Native 231

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

261

148

0

13

0

0

23

77

ASSAULT

722

437

1

27

0

3

73

181

1,740

1,021

4

55

1

9

165

485

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

747

419

3

21

0

5

95

204

PUBLIC CONSUMPTION

636

538

0

7

0

2

28

61

7

2

0

1

0

0

1

3

364

219

1

20

0

5

28

91

CLASSSIFICATION TOTAL

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

SEXUAL ASSAULT SHOPLIFTING

Asian

Black

Pacific Islander

Unknown

White (Hispanic)

White (NonHispanic)

0

12

0

3

45

202

*Data is derived from State and local charging codes, which may not meet or be identical to UCR/NIBRS definitions.

2020 Arrest/Citation by Age 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 0

200

400

600

800

1000

1200

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 2020 Arrests by Type 3332

3500 3000 1066

2500

990 497

2000 1500

Adult

1000

144

41

500

2

0

Juvenile

0 Felony

Misdemeanor

Warrant Juvenile

86

90 80 60

57

2,500 39

40

2,000

1,664

1,500

30

1,000

20 0

3,488 3,500 3,000

50

10

Adult

2020 Adult Arrests by Race/Ethnicity

2020 Juvenile Arrests by Race/Ethnicity

70

Unclassified

0

2

0

3

524

500 0

11

195

1

2

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

TRAFFIC SQUAD 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 2,199 total collisions in 2020; of those 1,928 were non-injury collisions, representing a decrease of 21% from the previous year. In 2020, there were 271 injury collisions and three (3) collisions which resulted in fatalities. Injury collisions were down 33% and fatalities decreased 25% when compared to the 2019 totals. In 2020, officers issued 3,937 citations for traffic related offenses such as speeding and red-light violations. This is a decrease of 35% from the number of traffic citations issued in 2019. Our department issued 6,973 warnings in 2020, which is a decrease of 18% from the year prior. In 2020, our department arrested 473 impaired drivers. This is a 3% decrease from the year prior. Total traffic stops were down by 28%, from 17,343 stops in 2019 to 12,403 stops in 2020. The members of the Traffic Unit were responsible for issuing 33% of the department's citation total in 2020. Members of the Traffic Unit are Sergeant Jeff James, Officer Kevin Rueb, Officer Mike Priest, Officer Ryan Priest and Officer Adam Williams. All members of the Traffic Unit are certified Police Motorcycle Officers. Officers utilize police motorcycles as weather and staffing permits. The motorcycle units are most effective providing enforcement in congested areas where patrol cars are ineffective. Our department continues to conduct traffic safety campaigns. Each campaign is several months long and includes a public education component followed by an emphasis on enforcement for a specific violation. All officers at the department participate and they receive training prior to the start of each safety campaign. The Traffic Unit receives input from citizens regarding specific traffic problems and aggressively works these citizen complaint zones. Citizens can report traffic complaints either by calling the police department or utilizing the online traffic complaint form. All online traffic complaint forms are forwarded to the Traffic Unit. A Traffic Officer is assigned to work each traffic complaint. The online collision form was introduced by the Traffic Unit in 2017. This service is offered to citizens that want to file their crash report on-line in lieu of having an officer respond to the scene. Officers will still respond to a scene anytime a citizen requests it. Use of the online form keeps officers available for other calls for service as well as it decreases police response time. All online collision reports are forwarded to the Traffic Unit. As a result, the Traffic Unit is assigned a large number of collision investigations. Traffic officers investigated 34% of the total collisions which occurred in our city during 2020. Traffic officers have duties and assignments other than traffic enforcement and collision investigation. Traffic Officers also provide traffic control, conduct funeral escorts, assist with disabled vehicles and roadway obstructions, and act as back up for our patrol officers. The Traffic Unit is also assigned to work special events, like parades and community functions. Members of the Traffic Unit were often called upon to assist with the numerous citizen protests that happened in 2020.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Collision Reconstruction Team The Flagstaff Police Department Collision Reconstruction Team (CRT) is composed of officers from varying divisions of the Police Department. These officers have received advanced training in collision investigations to include crash reconstruction, scene preservation and evidence collection, vehicle and pedestrian dynamics, and other advanced topics. The CRT team is supervised by Detective Joe Gilbert. The rest of the team members are Sergeant Ryan Turley, Detective Shawn Knott, Detective Jared Wotasik, Officer Matt Schmidt, and Detective Michael Hansen. These team members are responsible for reconstructing fatal and serious injury collisions and complete follow-up interviews, detailed case reports, and diagrams of these collisions. All team members meet on a regular basis to review past and present investigations and conduct training on topics related to collision investigations and equipment use. The CRT utilizes the Leica RTC360 scanning equipment, which is shared with other Northern Arizona agencies and was obtained with drug seizure funds for use in crash reconstruction and serious crime scenes. In 2020, the team conducted six (6) collision reconstruction investigations, with two (2) of those investigations being fatal collisions. In addition, numerous team members responded to assist detectives with the 3D mapping of homicide scenes and other serious crime scenes, as well as assisting other agency partners such as the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Northern Arizona University Police Department.

Police Aides In 2019, the Flagstaff Police Department hired Police Aides for the first time. Each of the Aides went through a training academy. That academy was conducted at the Flagstaff Police Department over the course of two weeks. Training included physical conditioning, defensive tactics, and classroom education. All Police Aides then successfully completed a four week on-the-job training under the individual supervision of a Traffic Officer. Police Aides provide supportive services which frees up time for our patrol officers. Police Aides handle a variety of calls. These calls include, but are not limited to: found property, lost property, public assists, subpoena service, parking problems, funeral escorts, disabled vehicles, traffic control, and vehicle tows. Police Aides also assist the Traffic Squad with the aforementioned list of special events

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 TRAFFIC ACTIVITY Incident Type

2019

2020

% Change

2438

1928

-20.92%

401

268

-33.17%

4

3

-25.00%

79

99

25.32%

488

493

1.02%

Traffic Citations

6143

3937

-35.91%

Warnings

8548

6973

-18.43%

Motorist Assists

1251

651

-47.96%

Non-Injury Collisions Injury Collisions Fatal Collisions DUI Related Collisions DUI Arrests

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 COLLISION DATA Ten Year Summary of Collisions 3000

2500

2000

1500

1000

500

0

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Non Injury

2150

2231

2199

2128

2426

2551

2418

2398

2438

1928

Injury/Fatal

384

401

352

411

427

411

442

399

401

271

Non Injury

Injury/Fatal

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 COLLISION DATA 2020 Collisions By Month and Type 250

200

150

100

50

0

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

NON-INJURY

236

152

139

76

131

149

154

175

191

196

152

177

INJURY/FATAL

25

18

23

9

15

21

24

24

29

37

18

28

Most Frequent Location of Intersection Related Collisions Three Year Comparison Intersection

2017

2018

2019

E Route 66/ N Fanning Dr

15

22

37

W. Butler Avenue / S. Milton RD

30

29

31

E Marketplace Dr/ N highway 89

23

33

28

S Milton Rd/ W University Ave

22

32

25

N. Country Club/ N. Hwy 89

29

36

24

N Fourth St/ E Route 66

22

22

23

S Milton Rd/ W Forest Meadows

22

22

23

S Beulah Blvd/ W Forest Meadows

17

18

22

E Ponderosa Pkwy/ E Route 66

34

33

21

S. Milton RD / S. Plaza Way

20

21

20

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TACTICAL OPERATIONS (SWAT) 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 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 seven 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 2019, 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 Nighttime operations using Night Vision devices and Firearms.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS SWAT Officers deployed as a team to eight callouts this year. Several of the call outs involved armed or suspected to be armed barricaded subjects. In January, SWAT was called out for a subject barricaded in his vehicle in Williams at the Safeway grocery store. The subject was wanted in connection to a kidnapping and was armed with a handgun. The suspect tried to flee the scene and the Tactical Operations Rescue Vehicle was used to ram the vehicle and prevent his escape. Negotiations were initiated and during that time the suspect shot himself in the leg, exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident. In June, SWAT responded to a remote area near Ashfork regarding a fight between two males that resulted in shots being fired. Upon arrival SWAT aided in securing the area and secured both individuals, resulting in no further violent activity. In August, SWAT responded to an Officer involved shooting in the Parks area. A subject had fired shots at neighbors and Deputies and had barricaded in his home. Upon arrival SWAT arrested the suspect in the street and cleared the residence. In September, SWAT responded to a call of an armed suspect barricaded in a Conex box located behind a local restaurant. SWAT set a perimeter and during negotiations the suspect fired rounds at officers and was wounded with return fire and taken into custody. In October, SWAT responded to a subject who was barricaded inside an 18-wheeler on I-40 who had been involved in a lengthy pursuit with DPS. The suspect had driven the wrong way on the freeway and lethal force had been used to stop the semi. SWAT arrived and provided armed support as the suspect was taken into custody. 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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CRISIS NEGOTIATIONS TEAM 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 Crisis 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 Crisis Negotiations Team responded to four calls in 2020. The first call occurred in January 2020, when the team responded to a suspect barricaded in the residence at a residence in Kachina Village. Negotiators made contact,THE suspect claimed to not be inside house, refused to talk with us as well as lied and said he was not the suspect. Ultimately the suspect was not inside and he was located at a later date and taken into custody. In October of 2020, a law enfrorcemet officer from Clarkdale, who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence strangulation incident was located inside his apartment on S. Milton. The CNT attempted to make contact with the suspect, but was unsuccessful; when contact could not be made, the SWAT Team started to execute their plan; as they began their movement towards the apartment, the suspect walked outside and was taken into custody. In December 2020, a domestic violence suspect had taken his girlfriend hostage while driving around in the area of Blue Ridge. Negotiators made contact but the suspect would not provide his location and claimed to be driving home to the valley. He was later located in Holbrook and taken into custody without any parties injured. Also in December 2020, Negotiations was called to assist DPS with a barricade after a pursuit on I-40. Negotiations was on scene as the suspect came out and was taken into custody without injury. Page 60


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BOMB SQUAD The primary mission of the Bomb Squad 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 2020, The Flagstaff Police Department Bomb Squad responded to approximately fifteen calls for service both inside and outside the City. These included suspicious packages calls, found explosives or devices, hoax devices, protective sweeps, threat calls, and assisting SWAT. In addition, members of the team conducted numerous explosive destructions and inspections, security assignments and dignitary protection details.

In 2020 COVID-19 greatly reduced the amount and number of in-person events that the Bomb Team normally participate in. Annual events such as the Citizen’s Police Academies, Touch-a-Truck, National Night Out, and Flagstaff Leadership Program were not held. The Police Academy training in explosives safety was conducted. The members of the Bomb Squad 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.

Detective Wotasik was unable to complete his scheduled 6 week Hazardous Device Certification Course in Huntsville, AL, due to COVID-19. He was placed on a waiting list, and scheduled for early 2021. Detective Murray and Sergeant Hernandez attended the week long ADETS (Advanced Demolition and Explosives Symposium) class in Glendale. During COVID, numerous virtual trainings were attended by team members. These trainings were conducted by the Hazardous Devices School (HDS), the FBI, and the BATFE.

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The men and women of the Criminal Investigations Division combat crime by conducting prompt, efficient and diligent investigations. Detectives use all available technological resources and traditional investigative methods to solve crimes, identify and apprehend suspects, locate missing persons and recover stolen property. By adhering 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 crime and disorder. The Criminal Investigations Division comprised of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and 12 Detectives is responsible for investigating felony crimes, deaths and missing persons. The department also has a Crime Analyst assigned to the section. The Crime Analyst tracks crime trends within the City and produces a weekly Intelligence Bulletin showing these trends. This assists the Department in allocating resources to these affected areas to combat and reduce crime. Detectives were assigned 3,455 cases in 2020 which is a 3.6% increase from last year. The Criminal Investigation Section had an overall clearance rate of 56.9% in 2020 which is down 11.7% from the previous year. The National Clearance 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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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020

2011 to 2020: Part 1 Crimes 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 Violent Crime

2011 265

2012 262

2013 245

2014 262

2015 246

2016 251

2017 290

2018 297

2019 301

2020 317

Property Crime

3019

2834

2867

3008

2623

2816

2710

2436

2352

2059

Unfounded 2% Referred to Other Agency 2% Exceptional: Victim Refused to Cooperate 0%

Other Status or Disposition 9%

Disposition/Status of Cases Assigned to Detectives in 2020

Pending 6%

Cleared By Adult Arrest 36%

Exceptional: Death of Offender 0% Early Case Closure 29%

Information Only 12% Cleared By Juvenile Arrest 2% Exceptional: Prosecution Declined 2%

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Part One Crimes Overview and Clearances Crime Type

Actual

% Change

Cleared

Cleared

2018

2019

2020

2019-2020

2019

2020

3

4

5

25%

4

5

Sex Offenses

94

102

85

-17%

75

45

Sex Assaults

27

35

47

34%

26

21

Robbery

40

35

50

43%

11

26

Aggravated Assault

227

227

177

-22%

239

120

Burglary

165

165

133

-19%

39

45

2220

2160

1842

-15%

889

608

51

55

80

45%

16

41

Total Violent

297

301

317

5%

280

196

Total Property

2436

2352

2059

-12%

944

705

GRAND TOTAL

2733

2653

2376

-10%

1224

901

15

1

12

1100%

1

11

Homicide

Larceny Theft GTA

Arson

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 DETECTIVE MAJOR CRIME CASES Homicides Detectives were called to a local apartment for a child that had stopped breathing. Investigation showed that a five year old and his brother had been kept in a closet and had been starved for several months. The children’s guardians were all interviewed and it was learned that both of the children had been abused and starved resulting in the death. The apartment was processed for evidence and photos. All three adult relatives were charged with first-degree murder. Detectives were called to a victim that had been partially buried by placing rocks over his body. Investigation showed that the victim was strangled and buried by a subject he had been drinking with at a local motel. The suspect was traveling through Flagstaff and was booked for homicide after admitting to the altercation and strangulation and attempted concealment of the victim’s body. Detectives were called to an apartment community after shots fired in the parking lot. Several witnesses reported a male subject had shot a female resident next to a car and fled the scene in the vehicle. The female was transported but died from her wounds at the hospital. Investigation discovered that the victim was visiting family and a domestic violence altercation resulted in her boyfriend shooting her and fleeing to the reservation. The suspect was located by tribal police on the reservation and after another shooting he was arrested for homicide as well as several other charges. Detectives were called to a south side neighborhood for a male who was deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. The scene had been staged to appear like a suicide but it was quickly discovered the victim’s brother in law was found passed out behind the residence and there was evidence he had shot the victim. He admitted to an altercation after a night of heavy drinking that resulted in him shooting his brother in law in the head and staging the suicide. Suspect is in custody on second-degree murder. Detectives were called to a downtown park for a victim who had been stabbed in the back and was transported for immediate medical care. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital and a neighborhood canvass turned up several leads. Through interviews and video surveillance three suspects were located and taken into custody for aggravated assault and the investigation is ongoing. Attempted Homicide Detectives were called to the scene of a shooting in the downtown area. Investigation revealed that, after an altercation near a downtown bar, a suspect pulled a weapon from his vehicle and fired several rounds at a group standing outside of the establishment. The suspect was identified through video surveillance and witness interviews but had fled to Mexico prior to being identified. He is currently wanted on an attempted homicide warrant.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Aggravated Assault Detectives were called to the scene of a report of a victim who had been shot outside of a local apartment. Interviews were completed and it was reported that the victim was shot twice in the leg after a physical altercation broke out between two party goers. The suspect was identified and arrested later and is charged with aggravated assault. Kidnapping An attempted Kidnapping of an infant was reported at a local grocery store. Detectives found that the child was in a shopping cart in a car seat when a man tried to wheel the cart out of the store while the child’s mother was checking out. The mother was able to retrieve the child and the male suspect fled. From the video surveillance and interviews a detective remembered a distinctive vehicle parked in a trailer park. The suspect was located and arrested for attempted kidnapping. Armed Robbery Detectives were called to the area under the Country Club overpass for three subjects assaulting a victim in the area. The suspects were all interviewed and a passerby identified them and said they were assaulting the victim with a knife and a pipe and stealing his property. From the victim’s statements and evidence collected three suspects were booked and are charged with Armed Robbery. Detectives were called to a robbery at a local hotel on Lucky Lane. The clerk had been sprayed with pepper spray and items were stolen from the area behind the counter. The female suspect was apprehended by patrol officers who were quickly on scene. She was located with the stolen property along with drug paraphernalia. The suspect was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary. Train fatalities Detectives were called to several different locations along the train crossings in Flagstaff for subjects hit by the train. In one of the cases two subjects were struck by the passing train when they disregarded the safety measures and tried to cross. Detectives found one of the two subjects was deceased from the blunt force of the train on scene. The other subject had been able to walk away to a nearby landscaping area where he was found the next day also deceased from the collision. In a separate incident at a location near Fanning drive a subject was struck and killed by the train when he crossed under the crossing arms and was hit by the train. All of the train fatalities had alcohol intoxication as a contributing factor. Vehicle fatalities Detectives investigated several vehicle/ pedestrian collisions resulting in fatalities in 2020. One subject was found deceased after being hit in the area of Fourth Street and Dortha. The driver initially fled the scene but was later located and arrested attempting to fix the damage to his vehicle. He faces felony hit and run charges. In a separate incident a subject was struck as he crossed North Highway 89. The driver stopped and remained at the scene. This driver was found not to be impaired and his actions did not contribute to the collision. Page 66


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 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 to identify and apprehend frequent suspects in shoplifting cases. Through this partnership, we can 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 is assigned to the Negotiations Team. Four detectives are assigned to the departmental Collision Reconstruction Team and two are assigned to the department’s Bomb Squad. Three detectives participate in 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 several 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. 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 2020, Silent Witness received 82 calls. The Silent Witness Board approved $1,200 in awards to be paid to callers. The Silent Witness program “Tips Soft” is a 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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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 LOCATION OF ROBBERIES 2020

Highway/Street, 11

Other, 20 Commercial 11% Gas or Service Station, 0

Bank, 1

Convenience Store, Residence, 3 1

FREQUENCY OF THEFT TYPES 2020

Pocket Picking 0% (5)

Purse-Snatching 1% (23)

Other 41% (837) Shoplifting 41%(837)

Theft of a Bicycle 5% (90)

Theft from Coin Machine 0% (6) Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories 2% (40)

Theft From Vehicle 10% (200)

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Residential Burglaries by Time of Day

160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 Daytime (6:00am to 9:00pm)

2016 146

2017 92

2018 87

2019 86

2020 60

56

34

17

22

26

Nighttime (9:00pm to 6:00am)

Commercial Burglaries by Time of Day

40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Daytime (6:00am to 9:00pm) Nighttime (9:00pm to 6:00am)

2016 38

2017 24

2018 21

2019 20

2020 24

24

24

18

18

32

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Property Crimes and Values

Dollar Value THEFT VALUE

2018

2019

Felony Misdemeanor TOTAL

2020

% Change

2018

2019

804,358

1,043,243

58,240

49,695

878,543

1,106,254

2020

% Change

THEFT TYPE Shoplifting

897

899

67,289

87,228

From Vehicles

220

157

129,570

119,648

From Vehicle Parts

49

41

38,464

10,547

Bicycles

125

88

70,943

50,831

From Coin Machines

11

11

935

5,443

All Other Thefts

734

787

589,201

1,078,501

896,402

1,352,198

TOTAL

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 7-Year Trend for Felony Cases 4000

3500

3000

2500

2000

1500

1000

500

0 2014

2015

2016 Property Crime

2017

2018

Part 1 Violent Crimes

2019

2020

Cases Assigned

Part 1: Property Crime -31% Decrease Part 1: Violent Crimes - 21% Increase Cases Assigned – 10% Increase

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Violent Crimes Per 100,000 Inhabitants Data derived from 2019 FBI Uniform Crime Report 375

CRIMES PER 100,000

400 350

312

300

262

250

250 200 150 100 50

56

100

88

57

50 5

1

82

46

43 5

4

0 Flagstaff

Arizona

Western States

National

Axis Title Murder

Rape

Robbery

Agg. Assault

***Part One Crime per 100,000 Inhabitant’s – Data derived from 2019 as the UCR data for 2020 is not published.

Property Crimes Per 100,000 Inhabitants Data derived from 2019 FBI Uniform Crime Report

CRIMES PER 100,000

3500 2891

3000 2500

1,797

2000

1,687

1,550

1500 1000 500

187

394

391

341

56

50

46

43

Flagstaff

Arizona

Western States

National

0

Axis Title Burglary

Larceny Theft

Vehicle Theft

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Street Crimes Task Force METRO

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The Flagstaff Police Department has partnered with other local law enforcement agencies to form the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force Metro unit, commonly known as Metro. 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 traffickers in and around Northern Arizona. Metro Narcotics is comprised Fentanyl disguised as Oxycodone of three Detectives and a Sergeant that work for the Flagstaff Police Department and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. They work with ATF, FBI, HSI, DEA, GIITEM, Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshalls on a regular basis and completed over 200 controlled purchases of drugs and firearms in 2019. They work drug crimes and dangerous felony warrants on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations in Northern Arizona with the FBI as part of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. All the Metro detectives are FBI Task Force Officers. During the early stage of the past year, Metro Narcotics targeted street level and large level Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, and M30 Fentanyl pill dealers as well as other known career criminals in the Flagstaff area. During the multiple undercover operations, Metro Narcotics purchased drugs from more than 42 of Flagstaff’s local criminals. Some large quantity dealers from the Phoenix Metro area were also targeted as they supplied drugs to Flagstaff. Metro purchased 642.936 grams of Methamphetamine, 291.98 grams of Cocaine, 17.35 grams of Heroin, 414 M30 Fentanyl pills, 20 Xanax bars, and 5 Ecstasy tablets. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the courts are concentrating on dangerous and violent offenders. Counterfeit Oxycodone pills that contain Fentanyl are an epidemic across our community and the country. In 2020 there have been more than 14 overdoses in Coconino County alone. Metro detectives directed much of their efforts in 2020 to buying the counterfeit Fentanyl pills and getting dealers off the streets in an effort to prevent more overdoses. Metro Detectives opened 24 cases involving Fentanyl Sales from 14 individuals.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 While conducting these investigations in the greater Flagstaff area, Metro and FBI conducted simultaneous investigations. Metro was able to get in to a mid-level dealer that was well known by the unit. This dealer has cartel and gang relations. Utilizing a confidential and reliable informant, several large quantity cocaine purchases were made. Metro was able to obtain a warrant for a tracker on the suspect’s vehicle. A multi-agency operation was set up and the dealer was stopped during a drug run with three quarters of a pound of cocaine and an ounce and a half of marijuana. On top of the charges picked up in the bust, charges are pending for sales of narcotics in Maricopa, Yavapai, and Coconino county. An investigation was opened on patched mafia member who had control of the illicit substance market in Holbrook and on the Northern Arizona Reservation. A confidential and reliable informant purchased methamphetamine, M30 fentanyl pills, and heroin from the dealer. A trash rip was conducted on his residence and multiple items of drug paraphernalia were located among the refuse. A search warrant was granted, and Agents located 216 M30 fentanyl pills, 400 grams of methamphetamine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, a gun, and $1,680 in cash.

Special Enforcement Squad The special enforcement squad is designed to increase departmental flexibility by assigning officers to special events, incidents, or targeted criminal activity. Squad members provide walking patrols in the downtown area, bicycle patrols, and unmarked patrols of high crime areas. They are also responsible for providing security at Pulliam Airport. In 2020, 579 repeat offender arrests were made by the special enforcement squad. A total of 96 camps were contacted on Woods Watch patrols during the fire season within the Flagstaff City Limits; over 20 of these were deemed abandoned and cleaned up by Officers. The selective enforcement squad also participated in several aerial patrols of the Flagstaff city limits in partnership with DPS Ranger to locate camps and illegal camp fires. Throughout the year the selective enforcement squad was assigned to multiple special events including over 20 protest events in various locations throughout the city. Officers were dispatched to the locations of these protests to provide security and traffic control as protestors marched throughout the city, and held their rallies. The Department continued the Sunnyside Initiative in 2020, working to improve quality of life for residents and reduce crime through partnerships with community stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies. The Flagstaff Police Department assigned a Sergeant and officer (when available) specifically to the Sunnyside area. 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 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. Officers attended and provided security for several community gatherings and conducted crime prevention outreach.

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The Community Relations Office includes one Sergeant, a Housing Authority Officer, a Training Coordinator, and two School Resource Officers. The Community Relations Office is dedicated to the Flagstaff Police Department’s Mission of Community Policing by promoting positive community relations and providing excellent customer service through community engagement activities throughout the year. The Community Relations Sergeant serves as the Flagstaff Police Department’s Public Information Officer. This assignment entails addressing the immediate need to facilitate and provide accurate information for release to the press and regulates our social media outlets. This effort includes timely and accurate dissemination of information on criminal activity and public safety through a cooperative partnership with local, state and national news outlets. In 2020, 1,518 public speaking presentations, media releases, radio, and television interviews were completed. Additionally, the Public Information Officer is responsible for the Police Department’s use of social media primarily using Facebook, Instagram, and Next Door while collaborating with other support staff to effectively use the Department’s website to disseminate information and communicate with the public. The Housing Officer works directly with the City of Flagstaff Housing Authority which includes Siler, Brannen, and Clark Homes. This directed effort was established to maintain healthy relationships and improve the quality of life by working with a variety of families in these areas. This assignment is responsible for assisting the property managers in providing a safe and healthy environment for the tenants and to provide a direct means of communication from the tenants to the Police Department for areas of information including crime trends, social services, and general assistance. Our Training Coordinator is responsible for maintaining and facilitating the continuing education requirements for all sworn and civilian personnel within the Department. The Training Coordinator also facilitates and supervises the Department’s Volunteer Program. The School Resource Officers (2) provide a cadre of services to the youth of our community, beginning with presenting the “Project Alert” program to the Middle and High School age youth in our city. The “Project Alert” program aims to reduce the risks of drug and alcohol abuse of our adolescents by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to make healthy decisions. The School Resource Officers present information to our community’s youth on topics like bullying, peer pressure, honesty, gun safety, domestic violence, and the proper use of 911. The School Resource Officers are regularly available to handle school calls for service and work with families they have built relationships with who are often at risk. This work with schools and families helps reduce juvenile referrals into the court system; positively impacting the students, their family, and the school by correcting behavior without court action.

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COVID-19 COMMUNITY OUTREACH EFFORTS In the spring of 2020, Covid-19 changed the manner in which we accomplished our community outreach and youth engagement. Most of our community events were put on hold and limited due to the unknown results of the virus exposures. During this time, our Community Relations office partnered with the patrol officers and conducted youth outreach, in a safe masked manner, by conducting “birthday drive-bys” and holding our very first Dream Court basketball event. These were limited and dependent upon the availability of the officers as well as the precautions necessary. We were happy to hand out basketballs and various gifts to the youth during their special day and sent the kids home from events with lots of goodies made available by the Dream Court and Nancy Lieberman Charities. This was not a conventional year; however, we were successful in maintaining and forging relationships with the community and youth.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT MEETINGS The Community Relations Office tracked the Police Department’s community support meetings involving outreach efforts with partnering organization and groups in the community. The Flagstaff Police Department conducted 393 community outreach and support meetings in 2020. Most of these meetings were held virtually via Zoom or another meeting platform. Despite the meetings being held remotely, we only saw a reduction of 2.1 % from the previous year. Our commitment to work with the community remained strong.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY The Community Relations Office conducted one and a half Citizen’s Police Academy classes, teaching residents on various topics in and around policing. The spring class was stopped due to Covid-19, having 18 students in attendance. In the fall, approximately 11 people attended the academy in 2020. 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. This class was smaller due to safety precautions as a result of Covid-19.

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 736 hours in 2020, providing pawn tracking, evidence/ property services, records, public relations, sex offender notifications, and assisting the Criminal Investigations Division. Volunteers were essential in the success of the Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Toy Drive which provides families, shelters, and community centers with toys. Due to Covid-19, our volunteer staff and hours were cut nearly in half due to precautions and other considerations regarding the health and safety of our valuable volunteer staff. Special Olympics The Flagstaff Police Department has historically been a strong supporter of the Special Olympics programs in Northern Arizona. In 2020, the Special Olympics related programs were not conducted as a result of Covid-19. Virtual Polar Plunge participants and fundraising occurred on behalf of the Flagstaff Police Department and our Special Olympics partners.

DREAM COURT INAUGURAL EVENT The Dream Court was completed and opened in April 2019. The Flagstaff Police Department partnered with the Boys and Girls Club Flagstaff, and the Nancy Lieberman Foundation to bring a Dream Court programming to Flagstaff. Our inaugural skills event was held in which youth were provided skills and instruction from a local travel basketball coach, partnering with the Flagstaff Police Department. We provided leather basketballs etched with the Flagstaff Police Department patch logo to the youth and the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff, along with water bottles provided by Nancy Lieberman Charities grant funding. Page 81


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2020 LAW ENFORCEMENT TOY DRIVE Despite Covid-19 precautions forcing us to forego the Toy Drive booth historically placed at the Wal-Mart store, we were able to collect toys and we received $11,790 dollars to purchase toys from our business community partners. We participated in the Candy Cane Lane event held at Flagstaff Subaru on Marketplace in conjunction with our partners at the Shadows Foundation. As a result of the community and business partner's generosity, our toy drive services over 500 children by providing them with gifts, gift cards, and food vouchers at local grocery stores. In addition, we served children in Flagstaff, Williams, and on the neighboring Reservations including Havasupai Falls. We were fortunate to partner with the Shadows Foundation to ensure our community toy drive was able to continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

TRAINING The Community Relations Office Training division was responsible for providing and documenting 16,146 total training hours which translates to approximately 148 hours of training per certified police officer.

HOUSING The Housing Officer has assisted in the foot and vehicular patrols in designated areas such as Siler Homes, Brannen Homes, and Clark Homes as well as 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 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 suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic and Covid19 related school closures. The program was not deliverable via zoom or virtual platforms. Our SRO personnel were delegated to patrol functions in 2020.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 SUSPENDED EVENTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Unfortunately, all of our other programs such as the Touch a Truck, Fourth of July parade, National Night Out, and Coffee with a Cop events were cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

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Deputy Chief Dan Musselman Support Services

Communications Manager

Support Services Manager

Katie Brandis

Jen Brown / Chad Smith

911 Communications Center

1 Special Services Supervisor

1 911 Training Coordinator

2 Evidence Technicians

5 Supervisors 23 Dispatchers 2 Call Takers

Community Relations SGT. Hernandez 2 SRO Officers 1 Housing Officer

1 Property Control Coordinator

1 Training Coordinator

1 Parking Control Officer

2 Airport Officers

2 Animal Control Officers RECORDS 1 Supervisor 10 Administrative Specialist 2 Administrative Specialists from the Chiefs Office

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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.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS In 2020, the Communications Center hired ten and continued training eleven Emergency Communications Specialists (ECS). Staff answered a total of 282,267 calls from the public. This included 69,496 calls that were received via 911 and 212,774 non-emergency incoming calls. Staff dispatched 69,493 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, (0.24 seconds) a National Fire Protection Agency best practice. Additionally, the Center maintained a 12-month average patrol response time of 3.94, from receipt of call to arrival of the first unit on the 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) employees on regular updates 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 physically responding, communications personnel perform Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD). An emergency medical dispatcher is a certified telecommunicator, 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 2020, 16,990 Emergency Medical calls were received by the Flagstaff 911 Communications Center and EMD was attempted or performed 82% of the time where EMD was possible. In 2020, all Emergency Communications Specialists completed monthly training from Police Legal Services, an online training tool used to strengthen the professional skills of Emergency Communication Specialists by reinforcing classroom training and supplementing agency-specific practices. The hiring process was updated in 2014 using the CritiCall screening program. “CritiCall”, a pre-employment multi-tasking testing program assists in identifying candidates who have the multi-tasking 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 2020 for information sharing, planning and problem-solving. 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, continue 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 the Flagstaff Fire Department to respond to fire and medical emergencies. The Communications Center is also responsible for the dispatching of fire and EMS incidents for Pinewood, Blue Ridge, Forest Lakes, Highlands, and Summit Fire Departments. Page 86


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 The Flagstaff 9-1-1 Communications continues to process and respond to wireless 9-1-1 calls using 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 2020, the 911 Communications Center received 57,301 wireless calls. The Communications Center continues to utilize a program called RapidSoS. The program gives each dispatcher access to accurate and additional information from a smartphone when it calls 911. It provides accurate GPS information, medical alert information, and information from Uber. It can also show if a 911 caller is moving providing historical GPS data. The State 911 Office is in the process of upgrading statewide Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to the next generation 911 (NG911) platform. Implementing NG911 Network services will enable our PSAP to migrate to NG9-1-1 ready callhandling systems and a full feature Emergency Services IP Network. This will open the door to future possibilities of text to 9-1-1, pictures, and video capabilities. The Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page and Williams PSAP’s have moved forward with the upgrade and implemented Text to 911 in February 2021. The radio system and logging recorder was upgraded in 2019 with new software and hardware. The upgade of the new 800 MHz P25 digital public safety and city operations radio system that occurred in 2019 continues to be very beneficial. The current 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 Flagstaff and Sedona Districts to a simulcast “channel two” microwave/UHF/VHF radio system. The radio repeater at the Sedona Airport was changed to the simulcast channel two from channel one and has improved the radio communication between the Flagstaff 911 Communications Center and deputies working in the Flagstaff, Sedona, and Oak Creek Canyon vicinities.

The old analog radio repeaters at Fisher Point and Jacob’s Lake radio sites were changed to digital P25 compatible radio repeaters which improve radio communications in the Page and the Grand Canyon North Rim vicinities. In 2019, the Communications Center was approved funds for a CAD upgrade. The project was started in late 2020 and is expected to be completed in September 2021.

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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 Hexagon OnCall 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 3,596,296 Calls for service, over 605,113 Incident and crime reports, 418,794 Vehicles, 324,349 Arrests, and 247,399 Jail Bookings. The Records Staff continues to become more familiar with updated 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 Coconino County Detention Facility. Having a shared RMS has assisted our agencies, as well as other criminal justice counterparts, to have access to regional, instead of strictly city criminal justice contacts. This has benefitted agencies like Flagstaff City Court and Prosecutor, Coconino County Adult Probation, Arizona Department of Public Safety Gang Intelligence and Team Enforcement Mission (GITEM), FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Records staff produce monthly statistical reports for agency staff, private citizens and FBI crime reporting. The Support Services Manager is responsible to submit monthly crime statistics to the Arizona Department of Public Safety which then transfer data to the FBI. The Flagstaff Police Department is committed to ensuring that the source data we submit for the Central State Repository and for FBI National Incident Based Crime Reporting is accurate and comprehensive.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Flagstaff Police Department implemented Hexagon’s Web-based Records Management System, known as OnCall Records, in August 2020. OnCall 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 both physical and virtual 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 is beneficial. Additionally, officers in the field are able to access Hexagon’s Records Management website, 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.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 TraCS The Flagstaff Police Department also implemented a system called TraCS in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Transportation. This system allows officers in the field to complete accident reports, traffic citations and vehicle warnings electronically by using bar codes on individuals’ drivers’ licenses to enter the driver information. Records Staff performs quality assurance on these documents to ensure the data transferred correctly and completely.

DATA SHARING In an effort to streamline procedures, the department implemented a shared drive with the Flagstaff Municipal Court where Records staff deposit citations and reports for the court. The City Attorney’s Office has also begun using this shared drive to retrieve reports they need for prosecution. Hours of service for Records were changed 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday except for vehicle releases and those picking up property from the safekeeping room. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Records staff began setting appointments for fingerprint, background check and report pick up services in order to minimize the number of people in the lobby at one time. Records handled 22,387 Police and Sheriff’s reports and 8,442 Jail booking records in 2020. Over 24,000 Reports were entered into the computer database and approximately 26,087 copies of reports were disseminated to the public and criminal justice agencies.

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.

ONLINE SERVICES Formerly, the Flagstaff Police Department utilized outside vendors to provide services for customers to purchase reports online and to file simple police reports online. In 2017, the department created its own online portal, through the City of Flagstaff website, from which citizens can request police reports and background checks and apply to participate in a ridealong with an officer. Requests for police reports also continue to be requested by fax and mail as well as in person at the Records Section. Private property hit and run accidents and other simple reports can also be reported online through the police department portal. Another new enhancement added to the department is the acceptance of credit card payments in addition to accepting cash and checks for payment of services and products. Customers can use their credit/debit card to pay in person or online through the Point and Pay system implemented throughout the City of Flagstaff.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 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 Arizona 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 by appointment Tuesday through Friday.

SPECIAL SERVICES EVIDENCE In 2020, the Evidence Section received and processed 10,760 pieces of evidence, which were logged in by officers, agents, and detectives for case investigation and prosecution. In addition to items of evidence, our technicians handle individual’s property, retained for safekeeping and processed a total of 243 bicycles, which were abandoned, stolen or a combination of the two. A total of 997 items were returned to owners and 10,634 items were destroyed. There were 974 articles of evidence that met the criteria to be 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 works in conjunction with ParkFlag to help support the mission and vision of the City of Flagstaff and its community members. Officers continue to remain vigilant enforcing parking violations, primarily outside of the downtown area. Officers also continue to identify and remove junk or abandoned vehicles. In 2020, the department received 340 calls for service regarding abandoned or junked vehicles, of which, 116 were tagged and reported as such. Ultimately, over 42 of these identified vehicles remained in violation of the city ordinance and required removal via tow. We are excited to continue our work with ParkFlag to promote safe and lawful parking throughout Flagstaff! Page 92


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PROPERTY CONTROL The Flagstaff Police Department employs one Property Control Coordinator. This non-sworn 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. This includes scheduling and coordinating the service and repairs of these vehicles to ensure fleet preparedness. Additionally, they manage and stock necessary equipment and specialty components to keep the Department functioning at its highest level.

ANIMAL CONTROL The Community Relations Office has two Animal Control Officers for the City of Flagstaff in 2019. ACO Bigler and ACO Marciniak work diligently to ensure public health was managed through their animal enforcement activity as well as proactive presentations. These officers were responsible for impounding 673 animals, issuing 48 citations, and participating in 25 educational outreach events throughout the year. Officer Marciniak participated at the High-Country Humane outreach event and the Coconino County Fair.

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Kevin Sapp Sergeant 3-5-2020

Dustin Eberhardt Corporal 2-23-2020

Benjamin Beebe Corporal 3-8-2020

POLICE TRAINING COORDINATOR

Chad Smith Support Services Mgr 8-10-20

Collin Seay Lieutenant 3-8-2020

POLICE TRAINING COORDINATOR

Allison Hughes Special Services Super 10-18-20

Eric Tomperi Corporal 11-29-20

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Chief Kevin Treadway: 2/1/1987 to 6/26/2020 Kevin Treadway was hired by the Flagstaff Police Department in February of 1987. Although Kevin had completed a business degree at NAU in 1985, he was drawn to public service, following in the footsteps of his father, who was our Fire Chief. Kevin attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA)in Tucson Arizona. He returned to patrol. While serving in patrol he became a full-time DARE instructor, and he was one of our departments first collision reconstructionist.

In 1992 he was promoted to corporal and a year later he transferred into detectives. In 1996 after a competitive process he was promoted to Sergeant and worked a year in patrol before transitioning to our Detective Sergeant. In 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant. He completed a masters degree through Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. In 2004 he transferred into the Criminal Investigations Lieutenant position. In 2006 he was promoted to Deputy Chief. Upon the passing of Chief Brent Cooper, he was appointed interim Police Chief. In June of 2012 after a rigorous process he was selected as Chief of Police. After six years as Chief, he got bored with police work and took a sabbatical from the department to serve as Interim Deputy City Manager from February of 2018 to July of 2019. Kevin’s career can be described as one of awards and accomplishments. He has over 70 thank you letters and commendations in his file. Some of the more notable ones are as follows: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

Commendation for not shooting an armed suspect who pointed a gun at him, in the midst of bystanders (1988) A commendation after he negotiated with a distraught armed suicidal subject for three hours until a successful tactical solution could be implemented (1994). He was selected as the Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the year in 1989 and 1995. Department Coordinator of Sunnyside Weed and Seed program (1996-1998). Commendation for obtaining a confession in the Lamont Lattery homicide investigation (1999). A distinguished graduate of the FBI National Academy session 217, in 2004. Page 96


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2008 graduate of the Arizona Post Leadership in Police Organizations program. Took the lead on the creation of a Fallen Officer Memorial Monument at the police station. Served as President of the AZ Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (2010). Collaborated with the Navajo Human Rights Commission in the development of cultural sensitivity training. He received the City Manager Agassiz Award in 2011 for quality leadership. In 2014 he received the Mary Jo Jenkins Outstanding Director Award.

As Chief, Kevin instituted many new programs to increase the performance, reputation and credibility of our department. Some of these more notable programs include: Adoption of crisis intervention teams, the patrol rifle program, body camera program, domestic violence prevention partnerships, Citizens Liaison Committee, posting critical incidents on FPD Transparency.com, and getting a legal advisor assigned to the Polcie Department.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Lieutenant Lance Roberts: 1/10/1982 to 2/28/2020 Lance B. Roberts joined the Flagstaff Police Department in January of 1982. There are over 60 commendations and thank you letters in his file for his outstanding service. The first one was from the Du Beau Motel Fire in September of 1983, where Roberts was the first on scene to a hotel fire. Without hesitating, he entered the burning hotel to wake guests who were sleeping, saving injury and death to several occupants by helping them climb out a rear window. His level of service and sacrifice has not wavered over his years of service, despite his long tenure. As a patrol officer, Lance was a member of the S.W.A.T team and was Officer of the year in 1983. Lance was promoted to Corporal in 1989 where he remained a member of the S.W.A.T. team, was Chairman of the City Accident Review Board and started the first Transient/Wildfire Patrols as Corporal for Selected Enforcement. Lance was promoted to Detective in 1992 where he remained on the S.W.A.T. Team and was lead detective in the Booty case, Tarr shooting case as well as the Baines serial rapist case. Lance was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and in his 15 years in the position of Sergeant, Lance developed the short form report, piloted NCIC Project for the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Worked closely as a Terrorist Liaison Officer for Northern Arizona, and was the City Manager’s WOW AWARD recipient, Elk’s Club Officer of the Year as well as Officer of the Year in 2007. Lance was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. He took over supervision of large-scale special events to include July 4th parade and fireworks, Homecoming/Tequila Sunrise, Operation Angel Thunder, and New Year’s Eve security details. He was heavily involved in managing the DUI grants and details. Lance would always go the extra step to bring in food for those working these events. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University. Lance has the record for the longest tenure in service of any Flagstaff Police Officer at 38 years. Earlier this year he was recognized by his peers and received the City Managers Excellence (Ponderosa) Award for his career accomplishments. Lance and his wife Wendy have raised four children together….Lance, Tammy, Tyler and Danielle.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Sergeant Ryan Coons 12/11/89 thru 10/23/2020 Ryan transferred to the Flagstaff Police Department in December of 1989 after working as a sworn deputy with Coconino County for two years. His starting wage with the city was $10.79 an hour, which was considered high at the time. Ryan was commended over the years numerous times for his high-quality police work, exemplary investigations, and for arresting dangerous felons. He served as a gang investigator while assigned to State Gang Task force, started the department’s bicycle officer program, and he served in the Criminal Investigations Division for 2 years. He was awarded the City Manager’s Award on two different occasions. Ryan has served in just about every capacity a Sergeant can serve in including; Patrol Sergeant, Metro Narcotics Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Sunnyside King Squad Sergeant, and most recently as the Special Enforcement Squad Sergeant. Ryan’s legacy at the Flagstaff Police Department is and forever will be the SWAT Team, and he has been our SWAT Team Leader for the past 18 years. His vision for the SWAT Team is unparalleled, and he has transformed our team over the past three decades to the team it is today. Ryan was selected for the Team in 1991, and he would remain on the team for the remainder of his career which is an incredibly difficult task, 28 years! He set the PT course record at Mesa SWAT School an could still compete for the award today. Ryan was commended with his teammates on several occasions for peaceful resolutions to dangerous conflicts and saving lives, and he will always be known to take the most dangerous assignments on a callout. Ryan was awarded the Medal of Valor during a callout which is the department’s highest award for bravery. Ryan entered a bathroom with an armed suspect, and he wrestled the gun out of the suspect hands which ended a potentially deadly scenario and saved the man’s life. Ryan was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for chasing an armed suspect during a SWAT callout.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Detective Michael Rodriguez: 2/6/2000 to 2/21/2020 Mike Rodriquez was hired at the Flagstaff Police Department on February 6, 2000. He began his service by attending and graduating from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduation, Mike was assigned to the patrol division working primarily as a west side officer. During his time as a patrol officer, Mike earned numerous letters of commendations from the police department as well as the Office of the City Manager. In 2001, Mike was selected to the Flagstaff Police Department’s Honor guard team where he served for the next 10 years. Mike was promoted to the rank of patrol corporal in April of 2005. Shortly after his promotion he was transferred to the detective division in July of 2006 where he served the remainder of his 20 year career. During his time in the detective division, Mike was awarded with a Meritorious Service Award in 2006 for the work done on the Lori Justice homicide. In 2008, Mike was awarded the Exchange Club Officer of the year. During his tenure at the police department, Mike was also the recipient of two City Managers Excellence awards, the first in 2002 and the second in 2017. Mike was a member of the Arizona Auto Theft Task Force, the Child Abduction Response Team, and the Northern Arizona Regional Officer Involved Shoot Team. Mike was also the departments expert in Amber Alert protocols and provided trainings to our department. Outside of work, Mike gave back to the youth of Flagstaff by coaching several youth baseball teams. Mike was also a board member for 10 years for the Continental Little League baseball organization. Mike has been hired as a Warrant Officer for the City of Flagstaff. He plans on continuing his passion of fishing and spending time with his family; Rosey, Hunter, Tirza, Austin, and Autumn.

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FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2020 Officer Kelly Brown: 11/4/1996 to 11/6/2020 Kelly Brown started with the Flagstaff Police Department on 11/04/1996. During his 24 year career he served as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and Housing Authority Officer. He received letters of commendation throughout his career such as conducting an outstanding domestic violence investigation in 2018, receiving a WOW award in 2014. He also received numerous other letters detailing his compassion and professionalism during investigations and helping members of the community. He retired on 11/6/2020.

Officer Brad Conway: 7/2/2000 to 7/23/2020 Brad Conway attend and graduated from Sinagua High School, served as a reserve for the US Army and was employed by Bank of America as a supervisor before he applied to be an officer for the Flagstaff Police Department in June of 2000. Brad’s goal was to work in law enforcement for the City of Flagstaff – he applied for no other departments at the time, his only wish was to work in the community he grew up in. Brad was promoted to Corporal in 2007 and spent almost half his career in the Criminal Investigations section as a detective. Brads file is filled with commendations and letters of appreciation for his selfless dedication to the community and his fellow officers. Examples include several circumstances of life saving measures, frequent cases of professional demeanor in high stress situations, and many instances of collaborative work amongst his squad or fellow detectives to put forth exceptional investigations. Brad is often found with a smile and a polite word for everyone he comes across, whether in the halls at the police department or out on the road. An individual who was arrested by Brad had such a positive encounter with Brad, he wrote a letter expressing his apology for inconveniencing the department as well as his gratitude towards Brad for his professional demeanor while he booked him into jail. Brad is the type of leader who is patient enough to listen, wise enough to learn from mistakes and criticisms, courageous enough to learn from those mistakes and make the folks he leads want to be better and do more for our community by the compassion he has shared. Brad has honorably served the Flagstaff Police Department and the Flagstaff Community with loyal and dedicated service for the past 20 years. Page 101


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Robert Soucie –Evidence Technician: 10/8/2006 to 10/15/2020 Robert Soucie began his career with the Flagstaff Police Department in 1981, serving the city admirably for 21 years as a Police Officer. After a brief retirement Robert was rehired as a civilian Evidence Technician. Robert’s file is filled commendations from supervisors and coworkers alike. His attention to detail, positive attitude and willingness to pitch in and help wherever needed made him a valuable employee. Because of his initiative many of the procedures and processes that we continue to use today in evidence were created by Robert. In February of 2020 Robert Soucie was an honored recipient of a City Managers Excellence Aspen Award because of his hard work and dedication to the Flagstaff Police Department. Robert retired from the Flagstaff Police Department for the second time in October of 2020, after an accumulative 35 years with the department.

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Michael Vessey – ECS 6/23/2014 to 12/31/2020 Michael Vessey was hired as an Emergency Communications Specialist at the Flagstaff Police Department on July 2, 2014. Prior to his employment with the police department, he served the country for twenty-two years in the United States Army. He also served the community as a Firefighter for the Silver Bell Army Heliport, Camp Navajo, Grand Canyon Airport and was a Fire Captain at Tusayan Fire Department. During his time in dispatch, he trained many new employees and was known as our “fire guru” because of his vast fire knowledge. He always had a positive attitude and took on any project we gave him. Together Mike and his wife Melby have seven children and 11 grandchildren. He is an avid Denver Broncos fan and in his spare time enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, long range shooting and more recently golf. Mike is looking forward to traveling the country with his wife and enjoying his retirement.

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