The Fort McDowell Police Department Patrol Section is comprised of the Patrol Lieutenant, four Patrol Sergeants and 12 Patrol Officers. The four squads provide 24/7 law enforcement services for our community. Officers are tasked with the protection of life and property through the enforcement of Tribal, State and Federal laws.
Patrol is responsible for answering calls for service, responding to emergencies, writing police reports, providing preventative patrol and traffic enforcement. It also investigates criminal incidents and assists citizens with civil matters. Our officers actively participate in various community events such as fun runs and walks, community meetings, school functions and the Citizen’s Police Academy.
Providing A Visible Presence
Officers provide security to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation by having a visible presence within the Nation, which covers 40 square miles. Officers routinely patrol housing communities and enterprises to ensure that they are safe and secure.
Officers are also challenged with the responsibility of patrolling our community’s agricultural areas and remote undeveloped lands, as well as the Verde River which runs through the Nation. Officers operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and, on occasion, All-Terrain Vehicles to achieve this task.
Intervention & Prevention
Patrol Officers are involved in both the intervention and prevention aspects of law enforcement. Prevention efforts include officers offering programs at the Early Childhood Education Center – H’man ‘Shawa School. Officers are also involved in the summer youth program, Camp Yavapai, where they teach various safety related topics. Patrol Officers also provide law related or safety related presentations to the community.
The Police Department has also partnered with various departments within the Nation in an effort to intervene and prevent unwanted behavior and lifestyles. The Police Department is actively involved with assisting and supporting the Juvenile and Adult Wellness Court, the Yavapais Against Substance Abuse -Coalition, the Housing Department, and the Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Team.
Current Programs, Services & Resources
- Citizen’s Police Academy
- Sooper Puppy
- News Articles for the Yavapai Times
- Tips Line (480) 789-7505
- Elder Checks
- House Watch – Vacation Watch
- Fingerprint Services for Residents
- Pet Registration
- Operation Identification
- Bicycle Registration
- Graffiti Removal
- Livestock Inspections
- Rabies Vaccination Clinics
- Police Sponsors for Field Trips/Events
For further information, contact the Fort McDowell Police Department at 480-837-1091.