Scottsdale PD on Patrol
The Scottsdale Police Department has divided the city into four police districts. We deploy our officers within these districts to best meet the current needs of the community.
Uniformed Services Bureau
The Scottsdale Police Department’s Uniformed Services Bureau is the most visible component of the police department, consisting of the patrol and specialty units you see on city streets and in neighborhoods.
While the majority of our patrol officers work in our patrol and traffic enforcement sections, we also staff specialty units including a K9 Unit, Mounted Unit and Bicycle Unit.
Our School Resource Officer Unit provides service for the students and staff at more than 30 schools.
The City of Scottsdale has used photo enforcement technology since 1996 to supplement police department efforts to reduce red-light running and speeding.
Scottsdale off-duty police officers can be hired by the public to perform security and traffic control services. Officers are often hired to provide security and traffic control at large and small events, traffic control for projects in the roadway, security for meetings, and many other situations.
Summary of On-Officer Body Camera (OBC) Policies & Practices
The Scottsdale Police Department equips most uniformed line level officers with body cameras through an on-officer body camera (OBC) program. This program is designed to enhance public safety by providing evidence for criminal investigations and record officer/citizen interactions without jeopardizing civil liberties.
After appropriate training, uniformed line level officers are issued an OBC, which records most audio and video of an officer’s contact with citizens during the officer’s official duties. Officers are restricted from using their OBCs in certain sensitive situations such as in a private setting such as a hospital room, and are not allowed to permit citizens to view the recordings in the field. Depending on safety and/or investigative concerns, officers may not inform citizens they are being recorded.
With some exceptions, OBC recordings may be released pursuant to a public records request and are purged following department and state retention schedule guidelines. Copies of OBC recordings that are released to the public or media may be redacted or obscured to protect sensitive or private information.
Investigative Services BureauScottsdale Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau comprises the investigative, forensic and crime prevention units focused on preventing crimes, and solving crimes that occur in Scottsdale.
Operational Services Bureau
The Operational Services Bureau supports the department logistically and administratively, handles recruitment and personnel, strategic planning, police records and crime analysis.
A commitment to our community
The Scottsdale Police Department is committed to the highest standards of our profession and customer service.
We are an internationally accredited agency
Every four years the Scottsdale Police Department voluntarily submits to a rigorous inspection and assessment by the independent Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies .
The accreditation process greater accountability within the department and creates a forum through which citizens and police work together collaboratively to guide the department forward.
More Scottsdale PD Information
- Locations & Contact Info
- View Scottsdale Crime Statistics
- Office of the Chief
- Join Scottsdale PD
- Scottsdale PD on Patrol
- Community Partnerships and Programs
- Request Police Records & Reports
- Arrest & Bookings
- View Weekly Crime Reports (PDF)
- Towed Vehicles
- Security Personnel Training
- Videos: Behind the Badge