Who We Are:
The Wickenburg Citizen's Patrol is a volunteer branch of the Wickenburg Police Department whose mission is to support the Wickenburg Police Department and to maintain the quality of life for the citizens who live and work in the Town of Wickenburg. The Citizen's Patrol is made up of trained citizen volunteers who assist police with duties and value-added services that allow officers to focus on crime reduction. Check out our brochure or complete the Citizen's Patrol Application.
What We Do:
- Medical Alert Program: Citizen's Patrol members install and maintain the Medical Alert Program. The M.A.P. allows people with medical problems to live alone with the benefit of a notification device that can contact the Wickenburg Police Dispatch if a medical necessity arises. The Dispatch Center then dispatches an officer for a welfare check of the individual.
- Vacation Watch: The members of the Citizen's Patrol conduct vacation watch on homes at no charge. Vacation watch includes a security check on homes whose occupants are vacationing. Additional details about this service are available by contacting the Citizen’s Patrol at (928) 684-5411. To sign up for Vacation Watch, please complete the Vacation Watch Form.
Duties/Services Provided to the Police Department by the Citizen’s Patrol:
- traffic control
- neighborhood patrol
- event security
- police station customer service desk
- administrative assignments
Interested in Volunteering?
Applications are available for pick up at the Wickenburg Police Department (1980 W Wickenburg Way) on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with A Cop began in 2011 in Hawthorne, California as a way for local police officers to increase interactions with their citizens. The concept, simply, is for officers to create an open environment to meet with the public to encourage open conversations, outside of a crisis situation, over a cup of coffee. In most cases, police departments connect with local restaurants that support these meetings by providing the venue and coffee for all attendees to enjoy. Now, in 2020, Coffee with A Cop events are taking place in all 50 states in numerous cities all over the U.S.
The Wickenburg Police Department first began holding these events on November 22, 2016. The Wickenburg Police Department attempts to hold this event quarterly and rotates the venue with a variety of local businesses. The main advertisement for this event will be posted on the Wickenburg Police Department’s Facebook Page.
Community Liaison Program (CLP)
The Wickenburg Police Department established its Community Liaison Program (CLP) in the Spring of 2017. The Town was divided into eight neighborhoods based upon geographical locations. Each neighborhood is assigned at least two police officers as their “liaison”. The neighborhoods were advertised with social media posts and door-to-door flyers. The initial meetings varied from informal meetings at a park, to grilled hot dogs on a city street. The goal was for citizens within the liaison area to meet their two assigned officers and exchange contact information. Not only were there discussions on needs and concerns in their neighborhood, but the communication channel was opened for them to contact officers as new things came up.
The objective of the Law Enforcement Explorer Program, as sponsored by the Town of Wickenburg Police Department, is to provide young people with an opportunity to explore law enforcement as a possible career and to help serve the community in a positive manner. The organization and administration rank structure, duties, and actives are similar to those of Police Officers, with obvious limitations. The advantages are reciprocating. Explorers gain experience and insight in police officers’ line of work. The Explorers, as a volunteer group working alongside police officers, administrators, detectives, and support personnel, can perform many police related tasks. Many civil and non-profit organizations benefit from the assistance of the Wickenburg Police Explorers. We currently have three active explorers in our Explorer POST#1863. Visit the Wickenburg Explorer Post Facebook Page for more information.
People need their fingerprints taken for a variety of reasons, including job applications. The Wickenburg Police Department offers to take fingerprints for any member of the public every Monday and Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The cost of the service is $10.00. Fingerprint cards will not be supplied.
The Wickenburg Police Department has maintained a K9 since 1996. Over the years, a variety of officers and K9s have protected the community. Currently, the Department has two K9s, Belgium Malinois “Bikkel” partnered with K9 Officer G. Fuentes and Belgium Malinois “Kai” partnered with K9 Officer J. Lemon. K9s provide a variety of functions including narcotic detection, suspect apprehension, building searches, tactical tracking, public demonstrations and community engagement (yes, you can pet them).
Operation Medicine Cabinet
The Wickenburg Police Department is working together with community and business partners to tackle the issues related to the improper disposal of prescription drugs, and would like to invite you to take advantage of a new community service program, Operation Medicine Cabinet (OMC). The Operation Medicine Cabinet is located in the lobby of the Wickenburg Police Department at 1980 W Wickenburg Way.
OMC allows members of the community to clear out medicine cabinets and dispose of outdated or unused prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner. Recent studies have reveled that many of the substances that have been dumped down the toilet, or thrown into landfills, are now showing up in our watersheds, streams, and lakes. Removing and disposing of these drugs properly is also important because it helps to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of unauthorized users.
Seniors may have trouble keeping track of a large number of drugs they are prescribed. OMC allows seniors to dispose of prescription drugs that are packaged samples, no longer needed, or outdated.
Our Service to You
The program provides citizens a convenient venue for properly disposing of expired and/or unused prescriptions (pills only, no syringes, inhalers, or liquids) at the Wickenburg Police Department. The creation of this program illustrates our strong commitment to keeping all of our citizens safer, protecting our young people from the harmful misuse of prescription drugs, understanding the needs of seniors, and the environmental implications related to the improper or unsafe disposal of medications. In other jurisdictions, Operation Medicine Cabinet has received overwhelming support from the community, other law enforcement groups, senior and youth advocacy groups, and medical and health professionals.
Do you or any of your loved ones have a cabinet full of outdated or unused medicines? This is the perfect opportunity to dispose of these items properly. Tell your friends and neighbors about Operation Medicine Cabinet!
School Resource Officer (SRO)
The Wickenburg Unified School District was awarded a federal grant for a School Resource Officer (SRO) position at Wickenburg High School (WHS). In August of 2017, the position was staffed fulltime and has remained staffed ever since. In 2020, the grant was renewed for an additional three years, and also added an allotment of time to be used at Vulture Peak Middle School, which is the junior high feeder school for WHS. The current SRO, Joe Lahey, spends his days ensuring students’ safety is maintained, and he spends a great deal of time in a variety of classroom settings providing educational information that applies to law enforcement.
The Wickenburg FIVE-0 program is designed to place officers in the classrooms of Wickenburg's schools. The purpose of the program is to build proactive relationships with the youth of Wickenburg and facilitate a positive mentorship between the officers and the students.
The program's goal is for each officer of the WPD to spend fifty hours during the school year in the classroom, hence "FIVE-0". This averages about 5 hours per month, per officer. The officers share lunch with the students, occasionally teach safety messages, attend sporting events, and act as chaperones on field trips. The curriculum taught is purchased through donations and t-shirt sales by officers. The 2011-2012 school year was the first year for the Wickenburg FIVE-0 program. The program was very popular with the students during its initial year.