Scottsdale Update - Nov. 15, 2021


Scottsdale Police Department achieves dual accreditation. The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors awarded the Scottsdale Police Department full accreditation without conditions through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP). Scottsdale Police is the first municipal police department in Arizona to achieve dual accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and ALEAP, complying with 508 standards between the two programs. The department has held accreditation through CALEA since 1994. Learn more about the Scottsdale Police Department.

ADOT Aeronautics Group’s 2021 Arizona Aviation Economic Impact Study validates value of airport investment. This Arizona Department of Transportation study revealed that in 2019 Arizona's 67 publicly owned, public-use airports; the aerospace manufacturing and research industry; and 10 principal military installations contributed $121.4 billion in economic activity and supported 575,826 jobs earning $34.2 billion in wages in Arizona. This demonstrates continued investment into aviation is vital for the ongoing strength, diversity and vitality of our state.

Scottsdale Airport highlights: 

  • On-airport activities: $215.3 million

  • Visitor spending: $90.8 million

  • Jobs: 3,926

  • Earnings $195 million

  • Economic Activity $566.6 million

Scottsdale Airport/Airpark economic impact: 

  • Jobs: 5,970

  • Earnings: $320.2 million

  • Economic Activity: $1 billion


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers

The city is hosting additional COVID-19 vaccination locations through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host these free COVID-19 vaccination events:

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 26 and Dec. 10.

  • Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. 


Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. Visit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information.

White House updates policy on international travel to the United States. Visitors must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane if they are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Travelers are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when traveling by air. Wearing a mask over the nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports). Learn more.


Head to the “ulti-mutt” event for you and your pup. Considered “the social event of the year for dogs and their people,” Day of the Dog includes Running of the Bulls (French and English Bulldog races), Weiner dog races, a puppy stampede, 65 exhibitors, yoga with puppies and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in Old Town Scottsdale. This event receives funding through the city's Community Event Funding program.



Scottsdale Fire reminds you to prep your fireplace. Now that there’s a chill in the air, people are lighting their fireplaces. Be aware that fireplaces and chimneys account for 42 percent of all home heating fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Keep your holidays and winter season from getting smoked out by following these simple steps before lighting the logs:

  • Clean out the chimney at least once a year.  

  • Check the structure for cracks, loose bricks or missing mortar.

  • Cap the chimney with wire-mesh covers to keep out animals, weather and debris.

  • Select dense, seasoned wood to burn. Green wood can build up creosote that can cause chimney fires.

  • Keep fires small so they don’t burn too hot and crack the chimney.

  • Use kindling rather than flammable liquids to start the fire.

  • Use a spark guard to keep errant embers from shooting out of the firebox.


Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, our EZ online service makes it simpler for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ allows you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system.

Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to showcase the people and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Scottsdale.” This award recognizes residents and organizations/businesses that help to strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31.


Watch Veterans AZ Episode 6 – Hidden Heroes. This episode of Veterans AZ commemorates Veterans Day - we honor and thank United States veterans around Arizona and across the world. Saying "thank you for your service" is a kind gesture that many offer when meeting a veteran. In this episode, we meet Arizonans who are putting incredibly meaningful actions behind those words -- truly supporting veterans in our community who need it the most. Watch the episode.

Reminder: Leave no trace in the preserve. With the holiday season upon us and more people throughout Scottsdale, we remind everyone to leave no trace in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Protect it as a natural space for people and wildlife to enjoy. The obvious items not to leave include dog waste, litter and graffiti. Please don’t leave holiday decorations either. While festive and fun, these items can be hazardous to wildlife and go against our leave no trace policy. Enjoy the desert's natural decorations such as the occasional quartz rock, a late blooming cactus or a special glimpse of a happy cardinal.

Scottsdale proudly participated in the Phoenix Pride Parade. On Saturday, Nov. 6, about 40 people including members of the city’s Human Relations Commission, city staff, family and friends joined in spreading the message: “Scottsdale for All” - Scottsdale is a place for all people. It is a vibrant and diverse Golden Rule city that welcomes you with kindness, respect, empathy and civility. Special shoutout to Scottsdale Public Library and members of its Teen Advisory Board. 

Never empty pool water into the street. Reuse pool water by draining it into the sewer cleanout or onto your desert landscape or lawn. If doing the latter, make sure your plants are salt-tolerant!

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.

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