The Glendale Police Department is dedicated to working with residents, businesses and communities, to identify and solve community problems. We are a department of employees committed to working together through a variety of programs. These programs and services positively impact a citizen's quality of life as well as reinforce the strengths and needs of neighborhoods.
We encourage you to learn more about our department through your personal involvement. Register to participate in our Citizen Police Academy or volunteer your time in a variety of areas.
In addition to adult programs, the police department also has an Explorer Post for teen involvement. This group specializes in all aspects of law enforcement and community services with members who are 14 to 20 years of age.
Citizen Police Academy
The Glendale Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy is a free program designed for citizens of Glendale and members of the business community. This program allows attendees to experience an inside view of the Glendale Police Department and the different roles and responsibilities of both our sworn officers and civilian employees. During the 12-week program, attendees will meet the men and women of this department, see what they do to help make our community safe, and even get some hands-on experience with the tools and equipment they use.
Citizen Police Academy
The Glendale Police Department is accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Citizen Police Academy. The Fall program is scheduled to begin in August 2016. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Shepherd, Academy Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Course curriculum includes:
- Uniformed patrol
- Crime Scene Investigation
- D.U.I. recognition
- Tactical operations
- Use of canines
- Police driving techniques
- Firearms training
- Police Detention Facility and Operations
- Police Communications
- Community Action Teams
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Participants must be 18 years or older and able to attend a 12-week program, comprised of Wednesday evening classes, one Friday afternoon class and one Saturday morning class.
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As part of the application process all applicants must be fingerprinted. Please bring your completed application along with a photo ID to the Main Public Safety building during fingerprint service hours.
Fingerprint service hours vary. Please call ahead at (623) 930-3099.
Main Public Safety Building
Glendale Police Department
6835 N. 57th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301
For further information, please contact Marie Shepherd, Volunteer Coordinator, at (623) 930-3282 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Oriented Policing
The Glendale Police Department has been a leader in Community Oriented Policing (COP) within the state of Arizona. As one of the first police agencies to implement the COP philosophy, Glendale trained all employees in the techniques of problem solving in 1988. Emphasis was placed on using problem solving methods to resolve community issues.
Community Oriented Policing has many varied definitions but is generally considered a philosophy and management style that promotes proactive community partnerships to address the root cause(s) of crime and fear as well as other community/police issues.
Problem Oriented Policing is one of the many tools used to get to the root of community and police problems. The hope is that by using this method, the underlying problem will be eliminated or reduced to the point that citizens are satisfied and police will not have to return.
The Glendale Police Department’s Community Action Teams (CATs) are the coordinators of problem-solving efforts in neighborhoods and have been very successful in their efforts.
The Neighborhood Response Unit is a pro-active squad applying problem solving techniques to neighborhood problems.
Glendale Police Explorer Post 2469
If you’re interested in a career in law enforcement and are between the ages of 14 (and graduated from the 8th grade) to 20, then Explorer Post #2469 is for you.
The Explorer Post specializes in all aspects of law enforcement including but not limited to: records, communications, crime scene management, accident investigation, and patrol procedures. The post also assists the police department during the city’s major events. They participate in community service projects and work with the alcohol and tobacco enforcement programs.
The Glendale Police Explorer Post #2469 provides a valuable learning experience. Our purpose is to introduce post members to current law enforcement concepts, ideas, and techniques. This is accomplished under the direction of Glendale Police Officers and Post Advisors.
- Meetings: The post meets weekly on Mondays excluding holidays. For meeting details or any further questions please email Explorers@glendaleaz.com . Class topics include: criminal law, accident investigation, physical training, self defense, patrol procedures, officer safety tactics, etc.
- Patrol ride-along: Explorers ride with police officers during their normal shifts. This gives the Explorer an opportunity to view the duties of a patrol officer.
- Communications: Explorers work in the Communications Division where they assist dispatchers with emergency and non-emergency calls and dispatching. Explorers are trained in radio procedures.
- Identification: Explorers are trained by personnel from the Identification Division. They learn how to collect fingerprints, take photographs, and assist at major crime scenes to preserve evidence.
- Special Events: Explorers assist with traffic control and crowd control at various city events such as parades, festivals, Fourth of July activities, and Fiesta Bowl activities.
- Law Enforcement Explorer Academies: Every summer we offer opportunities for members to attend one of several Junior Law Enforcement Academies. The explorers receive some of the same training that police officers receive at the Police Academy.
- Law Enforcement Explorer Conferences and Competitions: Explorer Post #2469 attends as many Law Enforcement Explorer conferences as possible. They also attend various competitions with other law enforcement posts.
The purpose of the post is to explore and prepare for a career in law enforcement. The post also strives to develop leadership, discipline, physical fitness, teamwork and professional skills for all of its members.
Post #2469 is the oldest law enforcement specialty post in Arizona. Many of our members have gone on to become law enforcement officers, military officers, detention officers and dispatchers.
We encourage you to consider joining Post #2469 today!
If you are interesting in joining, please email Explorers@glendaleaz.com and indicate why you are interested in the program. We will add your name to our waiting list and email you when there are openings, based on attrition.
If you have further questions about the Glendale Police Explorers, please call 623-772-7156 or 623-930-3449 to speak with an Explorer Advisor or email Explorers@glendaleaz.com.