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Chief Patrick R. Melvin

My name is Patrick R. Melvin and it is my honor to serve as the 10th Chief of Police for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Police Department (established in 1967). The residents of the SRPMIC, the employees of the many commercial businesses and the thousands of our guests who daily visit our numerous "recreational destinations" including the "Salt River Fields at Talking Stick" Baseball stadium (the home of spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies) can be very proud of this Police Department and the men and women who commit themselves to providing for the safety of our community. As your Chief of Police, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the fine men and women of the Salt River Police Department. It is our goal to serve and protect our community with the utmost professionalism.

It is my goal to continually work to develop and enhance the relationship between the police department and the community we serve while maintaining a safe community for many years to come.

The mission of the men and women of the Salt River Police Department is to prevent and reduce crime while improving the quality of life in the community simultaneously increasing the perception of safety of our community members, business owners and guests. We operate as one team working closely with our residents to proactively address crime, prevent victimization and reduce the fear of crime. It is the goal of the men and women of the Salt River Police Department to provide the finest quality, proactive, professional and progressive law enforcement services to our community.

A great deal of our success results from working with the community in a strategic partnership designed to preserve the quality of life, therefore your feedback is absolutely welcomed and is valuable to us.

Please take a few minutes to explore the various components of our website, I hope you will find it informative and helpful. I invite you to call any of the numbers listed in the several sections of our website should you desire any information or simply wish to talk to one of our professional team members.

About the Chief

Chief Patrick Melvin is a 30 year law enforcement professional currently serving the people of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) in Scottsdale, Arizona as the Chief of Police. This progressive community borders the municipalities of Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Fountain Hills and the Ft. McDowell Tribal Community. The Salt River Police Department has 154 members; 118 sworn officers and 36 professional staff.

The former Police Chief of the City of Maricopa, Arizona, Chief Melvin held the positions of Chief of Police, Public Safety Director, Fire Chief, and Assistant City Manager. He has been responsible for the Divisions of Police Services, Fire Services, Support Services (Human Resources and Information Technology) Code Compliance and the Animal Control Department. The City of Maricopa became incorporated in 2003 and selected Chief Melvin after a nationwide search to form its police department in 2006.

Chief Patrick Melvin was appointed Maricopa’s first ever police officer as the Chief of Police (Badge #001) in September 2006. In October of 2006, Chief Melvin retired from the City of Phoenix, Arizona Police Department as a police commander after 21 years of dedicated service and began Chief of Police duties in Maricopa the next day. Chief Melvin was tasked with facilitating the coordination, building, designing and formation of the city’s police department from the ground up.

Fourteen months after his appointment, the Maricopa PD began 24/7 day a week operations serving a population of approximately 45,000 residents and almost 45 square miles. In February 2008, Chief Melvin was elevated to the position of Public Safety Director serving as the police chief and interim fire chief responsible for over 130 public safety professionals. In July 2009, Code Compliance and Animal Control Services were added to the Public Safety Department under Chief Melvin. “PROACTIVE, PROFESSIONAL, PROGRESSIVE” became the motto of Public Safety in Maricopa and is still inscribed on each police cruiser and motorcycle. In 2010, Chief Melvin began serving the City of Maricopa as the Assistant City Manager. Chief Melvin was named the “2007 City of Maricopa Man of the Year.”

In July 2010, Chief Patrick Melvin began serving as the National President of N.O.B.L.E., (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), an organization of approximately 4,000 members in 56 chapters throughout the United States, United Kingdom and the Caribbean after serving on the executive board for several years. Chief Patrick Melvin is also a former board member of the Arizona Chiefs of Police Association serving as its 4th, 3rd, and 2nd Vice President.

Chief Patrick Melvin was the 2003 N.O.B.L.E. recipient of a yearlong Executive Fellowship with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) in Washington, D.C. A national subject matter expert on Traffic Safety Issues, Patrick Melvin has traveled the country presenting on the topic, instructed at the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department, the International Law Enforcement Academy (I.L.E.A.) in Gaborone, Botswana, and as an adjunct professor at the community college level. Chief Melvin recently presented testimony before President Obama’s 21st Century Community Policing Task Force. Chief Melvin has mentored several police executives who are now police chiefs.

In 2004, Chief Patrick Melvin was the recipient of the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Community Service Award for his involvement in traffic safety, child safety seat and seat belt issues in our communities and the 2006 N.O.B.L.E. Outstanding Leadership Award for the Arizona Chapter of N.O.B.L.E. In 2007, Chief Melvin was appointed a commissioner on the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs (ACAAA) by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and reappointed 2014 by Governor Jan Brewer.

Chief Patrick Melvin received an Army Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from Wentworth Military Academy, (Lexington, MO) a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, a Master of Education Degree with Distinction from Northern Arizona University, the Certified Public Manager Designation from Arizona State University, attended the FBI’s Southwest Command College and the 65th Session of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.

He and his wife Rhonda have been married for 25 years and have three adult children.

Patrick R. Melvin, M.Ed.
Chief of Police

(480) 850-8200