SRPD Reports
The Moustache Challenge: SRPD Shop With a Cop Fundraiser
By Patrick R. Melvin, M.Ed.
Chief of Police, Salt River Police Department

Karl Auerbach, assistant chief of the Salt River Police Department (SRPD), has been in law enforcement for almost 30 years and has served the people of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with honor and distinction for almost 24 years. This year, he has chosen to make one of the biggest sacrifices of his career for the children of the Community—but we need your help.

Assistant Chief Auerbach has agreed to shave off his signature moustache (which has also been in law enforcement for almost 30 years), if we are able to raise $3,000 ($100 for every year of service) for the Shop With a Cop program. In order to make this happen, the Salt River Police Department has put together a GoFundMe account, and we need your donations.

The SRPD has participated in the Shop With a Cop program since its inception 13 years ago. One hundred percent of the donations go toward purchasing Christmas gifts for children in the Community. This year’s Shop With a Cop event takes place on December 19.

The GoFundMe account will close on Friday, December 11, and if we meet our $3,000 fundraising goal, Assistant Chief Auerbach will shave off his moustache in a public ceremony on Monday, December 21.

Assistant Chief Auerbach, a native Arizonan from Nogales, graduated from the Phoenix Police Department’s Regional Training Academy (class number 164) in 1980. He has proudly served the SRPD for almost 24 years, the last 16 years as the assistant chief of police, including two stints as acting chief of police. He is currently serving as the department’s chief of staff, responsible for the administration and management of the SRPD’s budget, contracts and grants, strategic planning, and policies and procedures. He serves on numerous law-enforcement boards and is a well-known figure throughout the region.

Assistant Chief Auerbach said that he loves serving the Community and so he did not hesitate to accept this challenge, for the kids of course!

Please join us in this fundraising effort by copying and pasting the address below and making your online contribution today.

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