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SRPD Chief of Police Karl G. Auerbach.

SRPD Chief of Police Sworn In

On October 2, Karl G. Auerbach was officially promoted to Salt River Police Department Chief of Police, as the 10th chief of police serving the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Chief Auerbach is an Arizonan from Nogales. He has more than 30 years of law-enforcement service and has served the SRPMIC for 25 years. He is a graduate of the Phoenix Police Department’s Regional Training Academy of 1980 (class number 164).

Chief Auerbach has served as an officer, field training officer, S.W.A.T. team member, detective, and as a sergeant and lieutenant during the last 17 years as the assistant chief of police, including three separate previous occasions as the acting chief of police (2004 to 2006, 2011 and 2016).

The Salt River Police Department has a dedicated team of 155 police professionals (118 sworn and 37 non-sworn) who provide policing excellence to the approximately 300,000 persons daily conducting business on or near the Community.

Chief Auerbach’s experience and skills include extensive knowledge of tribal, state and federal law enforcement, jurisdiction, intergovernmental relations, investigations, policies and procedures. He has investigated and enforced tribal, state and federal crimes presenting cases directly to the tribal, state and U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution and has testified in tribal, state and federal courts.

Chief Auerbach is the recipient of many awards during his 30 years in law enforcement. They include Officer of the Year (1992 and 1996), the Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona (1996) and the prestigious Chief’s Award of Excellence (1994, 1996 and 1998).

Chief Auerbach is the co-founder of the SRPD’s Police Explorer Post and the founder of the Indian Country Intelligence Network (ICIN). He serves on numerous boards and is also a member of numerous professional organizations.

“Since I’ve been serving with the SRPD for 25 years, I know the expectations of the Community and our Community Council, and that’s to provide the best police service possible to the Community, including positive interactions with the Community,” said Chief Auerbach.

What are your goals going forward as chief of police?

Law enforcement is to serve and protect the Community. We do that as guardians of the people. What that means is that our police officers and police professionals, as guardians of the people, are entrusted to ensure the health and safety of the Community and the Community jurisdiction. We do that by ensuring that we uphold the laws, to serve and protect the Community. We also do that through many of our community-based policing programs. That’s a top priority of mine, in my administration.

Can you please define community-based policing?

There are many definitions out there. Here at the SRPD, it simply means getting to know the community who you serve. When you get to know the community you serve, the community gets to know you. When that occurs, we can work better together as one united community, to serve and to protect.

What are some of your top priorities?

Our traditional roles of course, to serve and to protect, as well as community-based policing programs, positive interaction from the Community, recruitment of Community members, training and mentorship programs, succession planning, and continuing strategic planning to meet the needs of the Community today and for the future.

What does your personal slogan, “Happy to be here and proud to serve,” mean?

When people ask me, “How are you doing?” my response for the last 30 years has been, “Happy to be here and proud to serve.” I’m happy to be here because God has created an opportunity for me. I’m happy to have that incredible opportunity to serve and protect. I believe that it’s the noblest profession that there is; it’s a selfless service. I love working for the SRPMIC, I so much enjoy working with the people of the Community and working for the people of the Community. It’s a wonderful government and very professional and very proactive. I’m very happy to be here and proud to serve.