Fee Schedule Audio Disk
Photo Image CD
Five dollar prepayment per report in the form of check or money order ONLY; made payable to Gila River Police Department.
Digital media copies are Twenty Five dollars per disk.
The Records Division is dedicated to maintaining and ensuring the integrity of criminal record data generated by the Gila River Police Department. The Records Division strives to provide prompt and efficient service to the public, law enforcement and government agencies in a timely and accurate manner.
RELEASE OF RECORDS:
- Requests for access to public records shall be directed to the Records Division of the Police Department.
- This office is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.
- All public requests must be made on a “Gila River Police Department Request for Official Information” form.
- Outside Criminal Justice Agencies may email or fax a request using their agency or departments’ official header.
- Third party requestor’s such as Personal Attorneys, Insurance Companies, Lien Holders, Non Defense Private Investigators, LexisNexis, etc., may email or fax a request using their official header.
- The release of all reports, records, photographs, etc, other than criminal history information records, shall be the responsibility of the Records Division. Applicable fees shall be charged for copies of these documents.
- The Department may be obligated to release information; however, the Department also has an obligation to protect the privacy and safety of persons whose name may appear on reports. When personnel are unsure of the appropriate action to pursue they should consult with the Records Division Supervisor or the Administration Lieutenant for guidance.
- The Records Division shall be guided by the following procedures:
- Criminal Cases - When criminal charges are pending or anticipated the case agent must be contacted and approve the release prior to disclosure.
- When no criminal charges are pending or anticipated, incident reports, crash reports and photographs may be released.
- EXCEPTIONS: Witness statements and follow-up investigative reports shall not be released. These types of reports must be subpoenaed by court order.
- Names, addresses, etc. of juvenile offenders or other juveniles noted in reports shall be redacted from such reports prior to release.
- Name(s), addresses, etc., of persons who appear on incident reports shall be redacted prior to release when a determination is made that there are safety and/or privacy concerns that need to be protected.
- The appropriate fees shall be charged for each released report, unless the person making the request is the listed victim, parent/guardian, of the case.
- Media Requests: The official business of the Community, the Gila River Police Department, the Records Division and its User’s shall be treated as confidential Employees shall not release any information to any person not affiliated with the Records Division, the Gila River Police Department or its User agencies. An attempt will be made to accommodate requests in covering news stories by forwarding requests on to the PIO.
- The Community is not subject to Arizona’s open records laws. However, requests may be made to the Community Council, which is the governing body of the Community.
“The Gila River Indian Community (“Community”) is a federally-recognized Indian tribe. Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 19 (Jan. 29, 2014), at 4748-4753. The laws of Arizona are not generally applicable within the boundaries of the Community. See Worcester v. Georgia, 31 U.S 515 (1832) and Williams v. Lee, 358 U.S 217 (1959). Therefore, the Community is not subject to Arizona’s open records laws.”
- Tribal records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act and Federal Privacy Act.
“The records of the Self-Governance Tribe shall not be considered Federal records for purposes of chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code.”
Public Safety Communications Division
Members of the Public Safety Communications Division are highly trained, professional telecommunicators who work to coordinate routine and emergency operations for the Gila River Police Department, Gila River Fire Department, and Gila River Emergency Medical Services agencies. This mission is accomplished through:
- Receiving emergency and non-emergency calls from the public, other City departments and other agencies.
- Monitoring 911 and other emergency notification systems.
- Dispatching police, fire and EMS units to ensure public safety.
- Coordinating activities among Gila River Police Department, Gila River Fire Department and Gila River Emergency Medical Services to effectively assign Public Safety resources during emergency and non-emergency situations.
NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH NUMBER (520) 562-4511
COMPSTAT tracks criminal activity and crime trends throughout the community and within each District using statistical data and crime mapping. This philosophy is a dynamic approach to reduce crime, improve the quality of life within the community, and provide management of resources and personnel to effectively identify problem areas.
The community is divided into two zones:
North Zone - comprised of Districts 4 (divided into the Lone Butte Industrial area and Stotonic residential area), 6, and 7.
South Zone - comprised of Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5.
One Lieutenant is assigned to each zone and monitors the data for their assigned zone.
Gila River Police analyze and track crimes assigned to the Type 1 category; as outlined by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) guidelines.
Link to Current Months Compstat. (Coming soon)
Property and Evidence
Property and Evidence
The Gila Ricer Police Department Property & Evidence unit is responsible for maintaining the integrity and chain of custody of all property that comes into their possession in accordance with tribal, federal, state laws, and departmental Standard Operating Procedures. Additionally, property is handled in accordance with legal and OSHA standards.
Property may be returned to victims, members of the public, and other involved parties once it is determined by the proper authorities the property is no longer necessary for an investigation.
To request an appointment for the release of property, please contact the Evidence Unit Directly at (520) 562-7141 or you can email us at GRPD.EVIDENCE@GRIC.NSN.US to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.
PROPERTY RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC WILL ONLY BE CARRIED OUT BY APPOINTMENT DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.
GRPD Property and Evidence Unit is open to the public during the following hours:
- OPEN: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00 am TO 4:00 pm
- CLOSED: Tuesday, Weekends, and Holidays
Funeral escort requests can be obtained at our main office or you can download the form here: funeral request form. Please fill out completely and return it to the Police Department.
Escorts are based on staffing availability during the time frame requested. Submission of a request form does not guarantee officers will be available for an escort.
Ride Along Request
Citizen Observer/Ride Along
The Citizen Observer/Ride Along program allows citizens to voluntarily accompany officers and to observe law enforcement activities within the Gila River Indian Community. This program is designed to allow community members and citizens to better understand the Departments Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Observers may request to ride in any area, at any time or with a particular officer. If operationally feasible and conditions permit, permission may be granted. The safety of Citizen Observers/non-police personnel shall be paramount and a ride along may be terminated by the on-duty supervisor at any time to ensure the safety of all involved.
Persons wishing to ride along should pick up ride-along forms at the Criminal Justice Facility in person at least five working days prior to the desired ride-along date. Completed request forms and waivers shall be routed through the chain of command.
NOTE: All subjects requesting to ride-along must present valid identification and must agree to a Wants/Warrants check.
You may report graffiti by calling the non-emergency dispatch number (520) 562-4511. A Graffiti Abatement Officer (civilian personnel) from the graffitti unit will respond or contact you.
The Gila River Police Department strongly encourages community members and others to give feedback on interactions with our agency.
If you wish to either commend or file a complaint about an interaction with Gila River Police Department personnel, please pick up the appropriate form at the Gila River Police Department Main station during normal business hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Gila River Police Department is one of the fastest growing tribal law enforcement agencies in the country. While patrol duties are one of our most important functions, we have several specialty units and other opportunities for officers to expand their training and experience in law enforcement. Community oriented policing is paramount to our success and is highly encouraged in all positions and ranks at our agency.
All of our officers are AZPOST certified to enforce state law and sworn through the Gila River Community Court to enforce tribal law. Many of our officers are also certified to enforce certain federal laws on the community. We cover over 600 square miles ranging from desert to housing to industrial areas. Our population includes not only community members who live and work on the community, but also a large number of visitors to our shopping, gaming enterprises, and businesses.
The Gila River Police Department is actively seeking candidates for Public Safety positions. Please click on the link to see open positions and test date information.
How to begin your career in Law Enforcement
STEP 1: Apply online
STEP 2: Physical agility test
Applicants will receive a letter inviting them to take the physical agility test. the test is not adjusted for age or gender. All applicants must pass every
portion of the test. The physical agility test consists of:
- 29 push-ups within one minute
- 31 sit-ups within one minute
- 1.5 mile run within 15 minutes and 20 seconds.
STEP 3: Written test
Applicants who pass the physical agility test will be offered the opportunity to take the written test. The written test is administered directly following the physical agility test and consists of 100 questions to include subjects such as mathematics, reading comprehension, mapping, critical thinking and grammar. The test will be scored on site and successful applicants will be set up with a date for an oral board interview.
STEP 4: Oral board
Applicants will be interviewed by a panel of Gila River Indian Community employees. Qualified applicants will proceed in the hiring process.
STEP 5: Background questionnaires, back ground interview and investigation
Applicants are given the AZPOST background packet and Gila River Indian Community Police Department Personal History Questionnaire for Peace Officer Packet. Additional hiring documents are also requested from the applicants. The packets must be completed and returned to the department for review. Qualified applicants will then be contacted to set up a background interview. A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all applicants. The information will be used to determine your Suitability for a law enforcement position as defined according to AzPost, 25 CFR, Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention of 1990, 25 U.S.C. Sec. 3207, Crime Control Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 13041, Gun Control Act, as amended, 18 U.S.C.922 (g) and Security requirements for a law enforcement position. All background investigations must be adjudicated and Suitability determinations based on 5 CFR 731.105 (competitive service) and 441 DM 5.5 (expected service).
STEP 6: Polygraph examination
Qualified applicants will be scheduled for a polygraph examination which is administered by a trained professional.
STEP 7: Psychological evaluation
Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist for Police Officer suitability.
STEP 8: Medical examination
Applicants will undergo a medical examination by a licensed physician. Applicants will submit a urinalysis test at this time. (steps 6-8 may be scheduled in any order)
STEP 9: Completion of the background investigation
Suitable applicants will be notified by human resources and given a conditional offer of hire.
STEP 10: Command Staff Interview
Following the conditional offer of hire, applicants will be set up for an interview with the Chief of Police, Commander or Designee.
Applicants may be disqualified at any time during the background investigation and will be notified by the human resources office. The number one reason applicants are disqualified is for falsification, deliberate misstatements and omissions that are relevant to the background investigation.
What to expect next
- Recruit Officers will attend a 16-18 week Police Academy (depending on holidays) of the departments choosing. Upon successful graduation of the Police Academy, Officers will enter a Post Academy and Field Training Program.
- Lateral Officers will begin a Post Academy and Modified Field Training Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply if I have no experience in law enforcement? Answer: Yes, Law enforcement experience is not necessary but prior law enforcement experience can earn an applicant preference points during the hiring phase.
Do I have to be Native American to apply? Answer: No, Everyone is welcome to apply.
Do I need a college degree? Answer: No, although if the applicant wants to advance in his/her career a college degree may be required for other positions within the department.
What if I have an arrest or criminal charge on my record? Answer: Applicants must not have any Felony convictions, or a misdemeanor offense other than a traffic violation within one year preceding the application. The applicant must have never been found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, any felonious offense, or any misdemeanor offenses, under Federal, State, or tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children.
What is the age requirements? Answer: Applicants must be 21 years of age prior to graduation from police academy. There is no age cut off to apply.
What are my employee health benefits? Answer: Some of the benefits include medical, dental, vision, mental health services, retirement though the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System of the State of Arizona, life insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, education leave and paid holidays. Contact the Gila River Indian Community Human Resources office for details.
Does the department accept out of state applications or out of state law enforcement certifications? Answer: Yes, the department will do its best to accommodate out of state applicants during the testing process, but travel and other expenditures are at the applicants cost. Officers with out of state Law Enforcement certifications can apply and upon hiring may be eligible to be certified via the AZPost Waiver Process to become certified in Arizona if all minimum requirements are met.
How long does the background process take? Answer: The background investigation varies on a case by case basis but usually takes between 3 to 6 months to complete.
How long is the academy? Answer: The Gila River Police Department currently utilizes the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center (SALETC) located in Tucson, Arizona. SALETC is a 16 week 640 hour academy and provides lodging and meals.
What happens after the academy? Answer: Upon graduation from the police academy, officers will report to the department for Post Academy Training and a 18 week Field Training Program. Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program Officers will be granted solo officer status.
Are there specialty units? Answer: Yes, The department has multiple opportunities to advance your career within the department. Some units include the Field Training Officer Program, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Traffic Unit, K9 unit, Gang Enforcement Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Tribal Rangers, Special Response Team and the School Resource Officer Program.
Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board Minimum Requirements
R13-4-105. Minimum Qualifications for Appointment
- Except as provided in subsection (C) or (D), a person shall meet the following minimum qualifications before being appointed to or attending an academy:
- Be a United States citizen;
- Be at least 21 years of age; except that a person may attend an academy if the person will be 21 before graduating;
- Be a high school graduate or have successfully completed a General Education Development (G.E.D.) examination;
- Undergo a complete background investigation that meets the standards of R13-4-106. A person may begin an academy before the results of the fingerprint check are returned. However, the academy shall not graduate the person and the Board shall not reimburse the academy for the person’s training expenses until a qualifying fingerprint check return is obtained;
- Undergo a medical examination that meets the standards of R13-4-107 within one year before appointment. An agency may make a conditional offer of appointment before the medical examination. If the medical examination is conducted more than 180 days before appointment, the person shall submit a written statement indicating that the person’s medical condition has not changed since the examination;
- Not have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona;
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces;
- Not have been previously denied certified status, have certified status revoked, or have current certified status suspended;
- Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale marijuana;
- Not have illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years;
- Not have ever illegally used marijuana other than for experimentation;
- Not have ever illegally used marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer;
- Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale a dangerous drug or narcotic;
- Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years;
- Not have ever illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic other than for experimentation;
- Not have ever illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic while employed or appointed as a peace officer;
- Not have a pattern of abuse of prescription medication;
- Undergo a polygraph examination that meets the requirements of R13-4-106, unless prohibited by law;
- Not have been convicted of or adjudged to have violated traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles with a frequency within the past three years that indicates a disrespect for traffic laws or a disregard for the safety of other persons on the highway;
- Read the code of ethics in subsection (F) and affirm by signature the person’s understanding of and agreement to abide by the code.
Applicants will also be subject to the minimum qualification and guidelines set forth in 25 CFR, Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention of 1990, 25 U.S.C. Sec. 3207, Crime Control Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 13041, Gun Control Act, as amended, 18 U.S.C.922 (g) and Security requirements for a law enforcement position. All background investigations must be adjudicated and Suitability determinations based on 5 CFR 731.105 (competitive service) and 441 DM 5.5 (expected service).
Gila River Police Department (520) 562-7137