To celebrate the launch of the new Queen Creek Police Department, the town hosted a free public safety day celebration on Saturday, Jan. 8. The celebration took place in the parking lots of Fire Station 1 and the Law Enforcement and Community Chambers Building, 20727 Civic Parkway.
Attendees were able to meet officers and firefighters, enjoy activities and check out Queen Creek’s public safety equipment and vehicles.
Some kids were dressed in full police or firefighter uniforms, others rode a fire truck of checked out an EMS vehicle. Other kids learned how to use fire hoses and fire extinguishers,
Queen Creek police officers officially began patrolling the streets on Jan. 11.
Twelve hours after launching the new Queen Creek Police Department, Chief Randy Brice held his first press conference. At midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officially handed off law enforcement duties to the QCPD.
“One of the most exciting parts of last night, beyond the culmination of so many hours of hard work, was that we had community members out here who offered a blessing and a prayer to the officers,” Brice said. “I think it meant a lot to them to have that faith and be part of that foundation that connects them to the community.”
Asked why the town opted to create its own police department rather than stick with MCSO, Brice said that was the will of the community.
“Overwhelmingly, the community came back saying they wanted their own police force and the ability to respond to their own local unique issues immediately and the way Queen Creek wants it done.,” Brice said.
For emergencies, residents should continue to call 911. For non-emergencies, call 480-358-3500.
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