Message From The Chief
2014 has been a year not without its challenges. We look forward to the future and its continuous improving economic environment. We will continue to make certain that the citiizens and visitors of our city have a safe and enjoyable time while here.
Every once in a while, someone we would never expect to be watching us is doing just that. From the 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and opinion operation, "Scottsdale came in sixth place in an annual ranking of hte best-run cities in America, moving up four notches from last year."
For the third year in a row, Scottsdale landed on the list of the top-10 "best run"cities. No other Arizona cities made the list. The news agency reviewed the 100 largest U.S. cities by population, considering factors such as the local economy, crime, job market and welfare of the population. Scottsdale was noted for its low violent-crime rate, which was fourth lowest out of the 100 largest cities in the country. This does not happen by accident. Everyone in our Organization, civilian and sworn, contributes to the mission and plays a role in achieiving this goal.
LawMedia.com designated Scottsdale as the fifth safest large city in America. The top four did not include a major tourist destination, hosting major national events like we do. Scottsdale is the venue for major signature events taking place early in the year. The most recent Waste Management Open was the largest spectator event on the PGA circuit. Total course attendance was 686,000 (200,000 people on Saturday, doubling the City's population). The trend continues to grow and achieve record setting numbers. Just like in the previous years, there were NO major incidents or significant complaints reported. There are many moving parts to these events. SPD partnered with many organizations to make it all work, thanks to ProEm security, the Thunderbirds, City of Scottsdale Traffic Management, the East Valley Fusion Center, Phoenix Police Department as well as Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert and Mesa, the FBI, the Arizona Department of Liquor License & Control, Department of Public Safety and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. A special thanks to the Scottsdale Fire Department family members, full time personnel and volunteers who helped over 1,300 people for the week and handled 127 medical calls for service.
Earlier in the year, the Director of Development and Law Enforcement Relations to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) from Washington D.C. paid our city a visit. NLEOM is raising funds to build a National Law Enforcement Museum on the grounds of the memorial. We, as a Department have donated funds to support their efforts. This contribution will purchase one of only a few full sculpture bronzes depicting various assignments within the police departments. The "SWAT" bronze will be dedicated to our own Sergeant Tom Hontz, who lost his life in a training accident in 2002.
During his visit, Director Shanks had the opportunity to walk through our museum. He was very impressed so much that he plans to bring his team out to see what our department has accomplished. All of the Scottsdale Police Department museum work was done without a budget. I might add, thanks to the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Many of the displays we have are exactly what they hope to create at the national level. Additionally, the Scottsdale Police musuem is included in the Central Arizona Museum Association's Guide to Museums which is a tourist guide that highlights those throughout our region.
We are very proud of the history and diversity of the Scottsdale Police Department. We invite you to come see the museum yourself. It is free of charge and open to the public. Hours are from Monday to Friday (closed during holidays) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact our Community Relations Office at 480-312-1922.
What a great year it has been and we look forward to what 2015 brings us.