The City of Maricopa Police Department's sworn and civilian personnel are proud to boast one of the lowest crime rates in the State of Arizona, at 21 Part 1 Crimes per thousand residents. The staff of 70 sworn officers, 20 civilian employees, two reserve officers and 77 volunteers serve more than 50,000 residents in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States.
The Maricopa Police Department is committed to working in partnership with our community to improve the quality of life in our city. We are dedicated to solving community problems, the reduction of crime, the protection of life and property, and upholding the laws, ordinances, and the constitutional rights of all persons. We strive to accomplish these objectives without prejudice, with the highest of integrity, and with the support of the citizens we serve. To accomplish this mission, Maricopa PD has implemented the Compstat and Community Policing philosophies. This implementation emphasizes data-driven directed missions, innovative problem solving tactics, internal and external accountability, de-centralization of decision making and organizational flexibility.
"Making Every Contact Excellent."
The primary philosophy of the Maricopa Police Department is to prevent victimization, fight crime and foster community engagement.
To enhance this vision, our men and women must make many contacts with citizens, business owners, visitors and commuters throughout our city. We strive to make each of these contacts excellent!
Law abiding citizens can expect interactions with our officers to be professional and responsive. Citizen trust and input into solving community concerns and preventing criminal activity is held in high regard. Victims of crime are treated with empathy while all efforts are made to restore and empower them.
Persons who choose to engage in criminal behavior can expect to be met with a swift response absent discrimination by utilizing excellent training, equipment, policies and criminal justice partnerships for a coordinated community response.
Porch Pirates pilfer packages prolifically
Porch pirates. Package thieves. The Grinch. Whatever you call them, they destroy the holiday spirit by stealing the unattended packages from your front porch between the time they are delivered and the time you pick them up. Sometimes, the window of theft can be as small as a few minutes, and can happen in the blink of an eye.
There are some steps you can take to help prevent the packages left on your porch by the delivery service from being stolen this year:
- Have packages purchased online delivered directly to the local store and pick them up at the customer service counter.
- Have packages sent with “signature required”. The package can’t be left behind on the porch without a person signing for delivery.
- Track your package online so you see the status (such as “out for delivery”, where the package is at currently, and an approximate day of delivery.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your package from your porch if you are not going to be home.
- If your employer allows it, have your packages delivered to your business address.
- Some homeowners are investing in locking package containers bolted onto their porch for deliveries.
- Invest in a security camera. If your package is stolen, you may be able to record the suspect and assist the police in the investigation.
- Start or join a Neighborhood Watch and/or join Nextdoor.com so you and your neighbors and be on the lookout for suspicious persons in your neighborhood.
If you do have a package stolen, immediately report the theft to the Maricopa Police Department and contact the vendor. If you purchased insurance, the item may be covered by loss from theft.
It is important to be proactive and stay one step ahead of package thieves. By removing the opportunity for them to steal your unattended packages, you can ensure a happy holiday season.
Non-Emergency number (520) 568-3673