The Salt River Police Department has found success with the bond with the East Valley Fusion Center; in finding people who commit crimes either in the surrounding jurisdictions or inside the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
The East Valley Fusion Center was established in 2007 and eight law enforcement agencies including the Salt River Police Department joined to create a network of information of people committing crimes in the cities of Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, and Salt River.
Each police department staffs one detective to the center, which is housed at the Mesa police headquarters.
The Fusion Center allows us to do is to pass information in a very rapid manner,” said Captain Gregory Anderson. “The center provides crime bulletins, real time suspects or locations information for in progress incidents to look out for a person who has committed a crime, it could be a Community member or a non-Community member.”
Prior to joining the East Valley Fusion Center SRPD would see a number of crimes being committed on the Community as well as in jurisdictions surrounding the Community. Community members and non-Community members doing crimes in the Community and fleeing stateside and vice versa; thinking that they are going to be able to side step being arrested or prosecuted from the lack of communication between the jurisdictions.
The SRPD started thinking about what they could do to impact that problem, former Chief of Police Stanley L. Kephart started talking with neighboring jurisdictions and found out about the East Valley Fusion Center.
The SRPD worked with the Fusion Center on arresting homicide suspect that was in the Community, the SRPD got the federal warrant to arrest the suspect and they were able to take the suspect into custody with in eight hours of the warrant being approved, and that was all through the East Valley Fusion Center.
After that successfully happened former Chief of Police Stanley L. Kephart and Assistant Chief of Police Karl G. Auebach went to Council seeking approval to be a part of the East Valley Fusion Center and council gave permission, with the exception of not release juvenile information from our jurisdiction.
The SRPD hopes their participation with the East Valley Fusion Center will cut down the crime in and out of the Community and if there is that they can capture the suspect of a crime for an arrest and prosecution.