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The Phoenix Police Department focuses on five areas: community engagement and outreach, crime suppression, technology, training, and hiring.
The hiring process includes a written and physical test, a background check, and an interview. The process can take three months to a year. Visit our recruitment web page to learn more.
Toni Richardson, Officer
Toni Richardson was a police officer in Georgia and California before joining the Phoenix Police Department.
"I did not like California because it was not as warm as I thought it would be. A friend of mine that I was in the military with was living in the Valley and she convinced me to come to Phoenix," Toni shared. Her love of the warmth made Phoenix the perfect move. Toni was working as an overseas contractor and a corrections officer when she realized that she was interested in becoming a police officer.
In the future, Toni would love to work at the academy and have the ability to teach recruits, inspiring them to be good police officers.
Annie Batway, Officer
Annie Batway dreamed about being a cop when she was little. It was a career she knew she needed to chase after.
"It was something I thought about every day before my feet hit the ground each morning, and something I thought about when I would put my head on the pillow to go to sleep at night," Annie said.
Prior to becoming an officer, Annie had worked as a bartender and a waitress. She grew up in San Francisco and moved to Phoenix to start her career with Phoenix Police. Annie chose Phoenix because she knew she wanted to be in a big city. Annie hopes one day to become a homicide detective. She is also interested in possibly working in the K-9 Unit or undercover.
Jaqueline Walsh, Officer
Jaqueline Walsh was an attorney before becoming an officer with the Phoenix Police Department. She went to law school hoping to one day get into federal law enforcement but life took her in another direction. Jaqueline started a family after law school. When she saw that Phoenix was hiring, she thought it would be a good opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of being in law enforcement.
"I wanted to do something that helped the community in a real way," said Jaqueline. "I want a career that is dynamic and challenging."
A native of the Valley, Jaqueline grew up in Tempe, Arizona. She hopes to take advantage of all the opportunities the department has to offer. She would like to test for detective and promote from there.
Jeri Williams, Police Chief
Jeri Williams’ law enforcement career is now full circle as she returns to her hometown roots and becomes the new Phoenix Police Chief.
Born and raised in west Phoenix, Jeri Williams graduated from Maryvale High School in 1984. She began her law enforcement career as a police officer trainee with the Phoenix Police Department in 1988 and graduated from the Phoenix Police Academy on March 17, 1989.
Jeri rose through the ranks of the department as an officer with a walking beat and bicycle beat and through the years was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant and commander. In 2009, after 20 years as a Phoenix police officer, Jeri became an assistant chief over Patrol Operations in south Phoenix. In 2011, Jeri became the chief of police in Oxnard, California, overseeing approximately 400 sworn and non-sworn employees and the management and operation of a $50 million budget.
On October 28, 2016, Jeri Williams became the chief of police for Phoenix — the sixth largest city in the United States — overseeing a department with nearly 4,000 employees and seven precincts that cover more than 500 square miles serving 1.5 million residents. She is also the first female to serve as police chief for Phoenix.
Jeri received a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University in 1988, a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University in 1999 and is a Doctoral Candidate with Northern Arizona University.
“I am a proud and humbled representative of this city and the city of Phoenix Police Department and this community. And I’ve said this before: It has been said, to whom much is given, much is required.”
Sandra Renteria, Assistant Police Chief
Sandra Renteria is a second generation native of Phoenix. She has been an officer for over 28 years with the past 21 years serving the city of Phoenix. She has worked in a number of precincts, and in the Drug Enforcement, Tactical Support, and Family Investigations Bureaus. She has received several commendations.
Sandra strives to continue to break barriers for females. She was the first Hispanic female hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and became the first Hispanic female to be promoted to sergeant for the Phoenix Police Department in 1997. She was also the first Hispanic female to be promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and commander in 2007.
“There is no greater feeling than being a guardian in your community. The Phoenix Police Department is one of the best law enforcement agencies in the nation because of its employees.”
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