Tag Archives: Surprise Police Department

May 2017 • Newsletter

A big shout out to all the residents in District 1 and to everyone who lives in this great city we call Surprise! Please note that I will not be hosting my Friday Night meeting on May 12. My next meeting will be held on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center at the Retreat at Arizona Traditions.

April began with a relaxing few hours listening to the Surprise POPS Band at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 2. If you’ve never been to one of their performances, it is most definitely worth your time. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item which the band donates to the Valley View Food Bank. Not only do you get free admission, but you also pay it forward by helping to feed some of our less fortunate neighbors.

Rancho Mercado GroundbreakingDistrict 1 and the remainder of the city celebrated the groundbreaking of Rancho Mercado on Tuesday, April 4. The William Lyon Homes development is located in a six square-mile area along Happy Valley Road (in the area of 147th Avenue & Jomax). The development plans to provide a variety of affordable housing options including single-family and multi-family residential, as well as retail and commercial services and much more. Rancho Mercado’s projected population is more than 12,000 residents at build out. The roads are scheduled to be built first followed by the completion of Happy Valley Road to the east. It will take approximately 1.5 years to complete the infrastructure prior to the building of the homes.

The city continues to work on acquiring the right-of-ways from private property owners (north of Jomax) so we can start repairing the roads in the northwestern portion of District 1. I wish we could expedite the acquisitions but the process takes time.

I attended the Citizen Patrol Banquet on Friday, April 7 at the Sun City Grand Cimarron Center. The Citizen Patrol volunteers contribute many hours to our city by directing traffic to help keep us safe, performing vacation checks on our homes and helping with Spring Training. Our Surprise Police Department greatly appreciates their efforts and the many hours they volunteer assisting our first responders.

As you know, City staff has been busy working on the budget for the last few months. The FY18 budget will be very tight due to unforeseen increases to the state Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), but we are still able to maintain our services to our residents. I regret to report that city staff will not receive increases this year but at least we have avoided layoffs.

The Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee was briefed by city staff last month on proposed capital improvement projects that may be included in three separate bond questions this fall. Discussion of the bond questions will occur at our City Council Work Session scheduled for May 16 at 4 p.m. If Council approves the bond questions for voter consideration, I anticipate the city will host several community meetings to further elaborate on the bond projects before a November election.

The City of Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) was awarded a $8,351 Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant to “enhance DUI Alcohol Education and Awareness throughout the City of Surprise.” SFMD worked in conjunction with the Surprise Police Department, Helicopter Air-Medical and Logistics Operations, the Dysart Unified School District, and Valley Vista High School to coordinate a Drunk/Distracted Driving Mock Crash for over 2,600 students at Valley Vista High School on Wednesday, April 19. The demonstration was very emotional and truly captured what could happen when someone chooses to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The devastating outcome of these accidents not only impacts the people associated in the accidents but their friends and family as well. Surprise TV taped the drill and will share it with other high schools to further the outreach.

Drunk/Distracted Driving Mock Crash

On April 21, my wife and I attended the Surprise Police Appreciation Dinner at Christ Church of the Valley (CCV). CCV was a fantastic venue, and I thank them for all they did to make this event successful for our law enforcement officials. The theme for this year’s event was “The Thin Blue Line – the line between order and chaos.” Police Department employees and family members, along with City Directors and their families and Councilman Skip Hall and I joined together to show appreciation for and to recognize employees and volunteers of the Surprise Police Department who, through their commitment to excellence, have helped make the Department what it is today. Dr. Dennis J. Tyner, Vice President and Provost of Ottawa University AZ, was the Master of Ceremonies. The 2016 award winners were as follows:

Civilian of the Year – Yolanda Zamora; Supervisor of the Year – Jennifer Guthrie; Officer of the Year – Tyler Johnson; Rookie of the Year – Michelle Cain; Detective of the Year – Kristy Coats; Citizens Patrol Volunteer of the Year – James Gearns; Volunteer of the Year – Tina Jennings; Medal of Merit – Russell Jurn; Police Shield – Adam Layton; Lifesaving Award – Joanna Massimillo – Vallet.

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission sponsored a free public art bus tour to the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg to see the Cowgirl Up exhibit. If you have not been to that museum yet, it is well worth the trip! A special thank you to Commission Chair Susan DeJong and Commission Vice Chair Margaret Liu for organizing this trip. The resident turn-out was good, and the museum was fantastic!

On April 26, I attended the Northwest Valley Connect Advisory Committee meeting at City Hall and toured the Valley Metro Mobility Center in Phoenix. Both events covered upcoming changes to the Dial-a-Ride program, which will become RideChoice on July 1, 2017. At the tour, we were educated on how one becomes ADA-certified to utilize the RideChoice system. If you have not yet been certified, it is very easy to do so. You just need to call 602.716.2100, and someone will help you through the process. The new system, RideChoice, will operate 24/7 and will provide numerous ride options. If you have already registered with Valley Metro for services, you will soon receive a letter from them explaining the new service. We have approximately 700 residents utilizing the system right now and, thankfully, the new system will be able to accept more riders. If you have any questions regarding the new service, please feel free to contact me. If I don’t have the answer for you, I will find the answer and call you back.

On April 29, I participated in a tour of our city parks with City staff and members of the CRS Commission. We assessed the condition of the parks to identify how we may improve them in the future.

One last reminder that I will not be hosting my Friday Night meeting in May. My next meeting will be held on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center at the Retreat at Arizona Traditions.

I will close for now… so be good to yourself, and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters Jr.

July 2015 • Newsletter

Greetings to my fellow District One residents and the citizens of Surprise!

July marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. Earlier last month, the City Council adopted a $304.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that immediately addresses operational needs and continues service increases while maintaining the current property tax rate.

I am pleased that it also includes expanded coverage of our Dial-a-Ride system. However, there remains confusion about what the expanded service includes, even amongst the staff at Dial-a-Ride. I am going to try and clear this confusion. The number of weekday rides, Monday through Friday (5 am to 8 pm), has increased to 140 rides weekly. The number of weekend rides has increased to 30 rides; there is no service on Sunday. Providing that holidays fall on a day of operation, service is still provided. These additions have been provided without a fare increase. Senior citizens (65 years of age and older) or people with disabilities can call up to 14 days in advance of when the ride is needed, and all others can call the day of service to get a ride, if available. Another policy change is that all seniors, non-ADA, must now complete a form called “Application for Non-ADA Dial-a-Rid Service.” To obtain this form, please call Valley Metro at 602-253-5000 x602. If you are a disabled user of Dial-a-Ride and have not yet participated in the Valley Metro ADA program, I urge you to call and make an appointment. A discount cab will transport you to Phoenix for the program and bring you home, all at no cost.

On June 8, I attended a dinner meeting with Councilman Hall, Councilman Tande, Economic Development staff and prospective business owners to discuss their interest in coming to Surprise. I can only hope that someday we may see them in our city!

I held my last neighborhood meeting before Council recess on Friday June 19th and had a good turnout. Thanks to each of you who braved the summer heat and attended. My next meeting will be the third Friday of October (October 16). I hope to see you there! Everyone is always welcome to attend.

I attended the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council annual meeting at the Marriott in Phoenix on June 24. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane was elected as the Regional Council Chair, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as Vice Chair and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck as Treasurer. During the Passing of the Gavel ceremony, outgoing Chair, Youngtown Mayor Mike LeVault, was recognized. Thanks, Mike, for doing a great job!

Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

WINCO is open! I would have to say that Thursday, June 25 was the highlight of my month as WinCo finally opened their doors. Councilman Biundo, Councilmember Villanueva, and I got a tour of the store by Vice President Craig Goins of WinCo. Councilman Hall also took a tour later in the day. The parking lot has been full every day since. This store is a great addition to District 1, Surprise and the West Valley.

Councilman Jim Biundo and I with Vice President Craig Goins
Councilman Jim Biundo and I with Vice President Craig Goins

Surprise Farms II Block Party took place on Friday, June 26. I was in attendance, along with our finest firefighters from the Fire Station 303. They are always there to support their community, and I know those folks at Surprise Farms really appreciate them.

The Surprise Police Department hosted a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27. Councilman Hall and I attended as the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit also took place during the fair. The collection unit was installed in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department. It will provide the residents with a safe and simple way to dispose of unwanted drugs or expired medications including prescriptions and over the counter drugs.

Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27
Drug collection unit members

I close for now and remember be good to yourself and be good to each other!

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman for District 1

Team Building: Surprise announces new police chief; former chief takes new city role

Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth today announced key organizational leadership changes involving Surprise Police and the City Manager’s Office.

Following a 40-year career in law enforcement, Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager, replacing the retiring April Reynolds.

Terry Young, the former Surprise Assistant Police Chief, has been named the new Chief of Police.

“What a great day for Surprise,” says Wingenroth. “Mike Frazier brings 40 years of law enforcement and municipal government experience to City Hall and thanks to his mentor-style leadership our Police Department will now be led by another outstanding chief in Terry Young.”

Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier
Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier

Frazier became the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, previously having served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years before retiring as Executive Police Chief. (Read Frazier’s full bio)

“It has been an honor to lead such a great group of officers, professional staff and volunteers here in Surprise and I leave knowing our officers and entire community will be well-served by our new Police Chief Terry Young,” says Frazier. “I very much look forward to continuing my love of public service now as an assistant city manager.”

During his tenure as police chief, Frazier enhanced police-community relationships that resulted in an 18% drop in crime from 2012-2014. In his new role, Frazier will oversee the following departments: Police, Fire-Medical, Public Works and Communications.

Surprise Police Chief Terry Young
Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

Young joined the Surprise Police Department in 2010, after retiring from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Chief. During his more than 25-year career, Young oversaw a variety of law enforcement divisions including Patrol Operations, Investigations and Personnel Management. (Read Young’s full bio)

“What a privilege it is to lead the amazing men and women that make up the Surprise Police Department,” says Young. “Their dedication to serving and protecting our residents is unyielding and the tremendous support we receive from our residents will continue to ensure Surprise remains one of the safest communities in the country.”

Young, who now leads a department of 190 sworn officers and professional staff, is also an active member of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.

“During this time of celebration I want to personally thank April Reynolds for her 10 years of service to Surprise” adds Wingenroth. “Her friendship and leadership helped to make this a great organization for employees, which in turn resulted in top-notch service provided to our residents.”

Reynolds joined the city’s Human Resources Department in 2005 where she rose through the ranks to become the Human Resources Director and named an Assistant City Manager in 2014.

The leadership changes are effective beginning Monday, July 13.

Save the date: A ceremony is planned for Thursday, July 9, in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 2 p.m. Speakers include City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier and Police Chief Terry Young. A reception in the Mayor’s Atrium will follow the speaking event.