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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 R. Melvin is currently the Chief of Police for the Salt River Police Department, (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community) in Scottsdale, Arizona, a progressive community that is located just east of metropolitan Phoenix, bordered by the municipalities of Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Fountain Hills and the Ft. McDowell Tribal Community, consisting of over 2.5 million residents and one of the fastest growing Counties (Maricopa) in the United States. The Salt River Police Department has a total proactive strength of 150 personnel, 114 sworn officers and 36 professional staff.

The former City of Maricopa, AZ Police Chief, Chief Melvin held the positions of Chief of Police, Interim Public Safety Director, Interim Fire Chief, and Interim Assistant City Manager. He was responsible for the Divisions of Police Services, Fire Services, Support Services (Human Resources and Information Technology) Code Compliance and Animal Control Services. The City of Maricopa became incorporated in 2003 and recruited Chief Melvin to form its police department in 2006.

After a nationwide search, Chief Patrick Melvin was selected and 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.

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 3,500 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 Chief's 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 and has taught at the International Law Enforcement Academy (I.L.E.A.) in Gaborone, Botswana.

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 was named the "2007 City of Maricopa Man of the Year."

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.

Chief Patrick Melvin has been married to his beautiful wife Rhonda for over 23 years and they have three children.

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

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