December 22, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Please note that the project has entered the third and final stage through late February 2017.

Work continues on the following:

  • Reconstructing eastbound Grand Avenue
  • Installing curb and sidewalk along eastbound Grand Avenue
  • Spreading landscape rock along westbound Grand Avenue
  • Paving Grand Avenue ramps

City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**

For more information or if you have questions:
ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1 or the Project email: bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov


City Council Meeting

New Associate Judge Takes Oath of Office

City Clerk Sherry Aguilar administered the Oath of Office to Catherine A. Gaudreau who was recently appointed as Associate Judge for the Surprise City Court. Ms. Gaudreau has served as an Assistant Prosecutor II with the City of Scottsdale since 2006 and was an Assistant District Attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 2002. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Florida International University.

Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau

Safe Driving Campaign

The Surprise Police Department in partnership with other city departments will kick-off a comprehensive safe driving campaign, Drive Wise, Surprise, later next month. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage and promote a culture of safe driving in Surprise; hence, the intention is an on-going and sustainable campaign.

Thompson Thrift at Surprise Center Final Plat

Community Development staff recommended the approval of a Final Plat of approximately 151.51 acres of land to allow for an 8.13 acre commercial center located at the southwestern corner of West Bell Road and North Civic Center Drive within the Surprise Center Planned Area Development (PAD). The plat consists of seven lots.

Thompson Ranch Plat map

The popular food service chain, Raising Cane’s, recently submitted a site plan review for a spot at the commercial center. After a lengthy discussion, the City Council unanimously approved the final plat.

Public Hearing Regarding Desert Oasis at Surprise PAD

City staff presented a Major Amendment to the Desert Oasis at Surprise Planned Area Development (PAD) to change the land use designation of approximately 8.08 acres of Parcel L8 from Commercial to Medium Density Residential. This proposed PAD Amendment will provide the mechanism needed to allow the applicant to combine two parcels to develop a 106 lot medium density residential subdivision.

After no public comments, City Council voted unanimously to approve the Major Amendment to the PAD.

Council Approves New Water Facility Agreement

City Council has adopted a new Special Planning Area (SPA) within the Surprise Foothills Water Supply Facility Agreement, under the condition that the developments install the infrastructure needed to support their community. The city will operate the facility immediately. The developers will reimburse the city for operational expenses incurred during the initial of development which equals the first 200 homes built. The developers recognize the importance of proper effluent management which will be addressed with the future expansion of the SPA3 Water Reclamation facility which was constructed by the developers in 2009.


Events and Meetings

Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party

The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted a fantastic Senior Services holiday party at the ballroom of Arizona Traditions on Wednesday, December 14. Councilmembers Todd Tande, Jim Hayden and I attended the event with staff and our Senior Services patrons.

Valley Metro Meeting

The Valley Metro Board met on Thursday, December 15. During the meeting, Paul Hodgins, the interim Chief Financial Officer was named the permanent CFO. He is responsible for budget and operations, financial controls, financial reporting, ridership reporting, general accounting and revenue generation.


Mark Your Calendar

Christmas Tree Drop-off Sites

The city offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots will be open from December 26 – January 14 at the following locations:

Gaines Park
15837 N. Nash St. (north end of the parking lot)

Surprise Recreation Campus
15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)

Surprise Farms Softball Park
17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of N. Willow Canyon Rd. & W. Surprise Loop Dr. South)

Asante Community Park
16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

You are asked to please remove all decorations and place the trees in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. The city also reminds residents that not all holiday wrappings and decorations are accepted in the city’s curbside recycling program.

Holiday items acceptable for curb-side recycling:

  • Non-metallic wrapping paper / paper cardboard rolls
  • Greeting cards without shiny embellishments
  • Shopping catalogs
  • Gift boxes / shipping boxes

Holiday items which are NOT acceptable for curb-side recycling:

  • Tape and tape dispensers
  • Christmas trees
  • Christmas tree ornaments; lights; tinsel; fake snow
  • Popcorn peanuts from boxes

Sierra Verde Self Storage Citizen Outreach Meeting

City staff will host a Citizen Outreach Meeting regarding the proposed Sierra Verde Self Storage at Residence Inn (16418 N. Bullard Avenue) on Wednesday, December 28 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to see the proposed facility or have questions for our planners, this would be your chance to provide your input. Sierra Verde Self Storage is looking to build on 5.24 acres north of the Fry’s development along Litchfield Road.

Sierra Verde Storage Site Map

Veteran Job Club

The next meeting of the Veteran Job Club is scheduled for January 12, 2017 at the Surprise Resource Center located at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124. The Veteran Job Club provides veterans, active military and their family members with industry and career pathway knowledge to help them gain the skills they need for job employment or to pursue a new career.


Did You Know?

Free Wellness Class

Health and wellness are important for a thriving community, and the City of Surprise is hosting a series of free wellness classes to help keep residents educated and informed on a variety of topics. Coming up in the series:

Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Concussion – January 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

This class, taught by Dr. Nicole Oberdorf, physical therapist with Banner Health and the Banner Concussion Center, will cover common concussion symptoms, how school and life affect a patient following concussion, appropriate management of people with concussion and concussion prevention.

The class will be held in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Please register early since space is limited.


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December 15, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Please note that the project has entered the third and final stage through late February 2017.

Work continues on the following:

  • Reconstructing eastbound Grand Avenue
  • Installing curb and sidewalk along eastbound Grand Avenue
  • Paving Grand Avenue ramps

City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.

For more information or if you have questions: ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1 or the Project email: bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov


Events & Meetings

AZ TechCelerator Open House

AZ TechCelerator hosted a “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House on December 8. This event was an opportunity to look at the latest advancements from Surprise’s technology start-ups, including electric vehicle conversions, water desalination and electric skateboards.

Since 2009, the TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated and a local Google corporate office. This year, the TechCelerator reached worldwide with its Global Concierge Services program which helps international businesses establish local operations in Surprise and has thus far generated more than 300 additional community jobs.

Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening

The City is happy to welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to District 6.  Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 13953 W. Waddell Road near the intersection of Litchfield and Waddell roads, opened on Friday, December 9.

Rockin’ Holiday Celebration

Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace hosted a “Rockin’ Holiday Celebration” on Saturday, December 10. This well-attended event provided free activities and entertainment for the entire family. I want to personally thank our residents who continue to patronize our local Surprise businesses! Please continue to ShopSurprise!

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, December 12. Betty Drake with Drake and Associates presented draft policies and procedures relative to public art in Surprise. Commission members were given an opportunity to provide feedback.


Mark Your Calendar

WHAM Bowls of Home Program

WHAM Art Center will be hosting a “Bowls of Hope” program on Saturday, December 17 from 8 am until 2 pm. Bowls, created by local artists, will be sold at this event. This event will raise money for local organizations that help needy families in the West Valley. Last year, WHAM raised $1,900 which was split between St. Mary’s Food Bank, Valley View Food Bank and Eve’s Place.

WHAM is located 16560 N. Dysart Road. Learn more at www.wham-art.org.

Coffee with a Cop

Surprise Police will be hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event on Saturday, December 17 from 10 am until 12 noon at Sunsational Coffee, 15643 N. Reems Road. This community event offers an opportunity to speak to police representatives in a social setting with hopes to make stronger and lasting connections to our residents and community as a whole.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city of Surprise, in partnership with APS and the Northwest Black History Committee, is hosting a day of celebration and service on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. It will feature a keynote address by Colonel Richard Toliver, retired USAF, author and renowned speaker with ties to the King family. Emceeing the program will be Steve Irvin, Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC15 News. Come early, and enjoy a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is limited to the first 500 attendees.

Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects that include food sorting, painting, landscaping, trash collection and more. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, the program and the day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive at 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment. Advanced registration is not required.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Christina Ramirez at Christina.Ramirez@surpriseaz.gov to hear about opportunities available.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Christina Ramirez at Christina.Ramirez@surpriseaz.gov.

For more information, including a parking map, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.


Did You Know?

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Volunteers Needed

A New Leaf, in partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way is looking for volunteers to support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in the West Valley during the tax season (from late January through April 15). Volunteers will assist individuals and families in preparing their tax returns, claiming benefits for which they are eligible and being connected to financial education and asset building opportunities. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, please contact Ann Picchione at APicchione@TurnaNewLeaf.org.

Surprise Seeks National Anthem Performers

The city is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2017 Cactus League Spring Training games. To be considered, please submit an audio recording via DVD or audio CD to the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Recordings may also be submitted electronically by .mp3 or YouTube link to regina.miller@surpriseaz.gov by Jan.16, 2017.

All submissions must include the performer’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with their performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Due to the number of demos received, you will only be contacted if you are selected. Limited spots are available.

For more information, please contact Regina Miller of the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2249.


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December 8, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Please note that the project has entered the third and final stage through late February 2017.

Work continues on the following:

  • Reconstructing eastbound Grand Avenue
  • Paving Grand Avenue ramps

City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.


City Council Work Session

Chance Shelter Presentation

Representatives from Chance Shelter provided an overview of their non-profit organization located in Surprise. This no-kill animal shelter provides compassionate care to animals through adoptions, education, crisis intervention and community involvement. Some of their future endeavors include kindergarten-12th grade summer camps and classes, an alliance with West-MEC in addition to internships. They are hoping to get a facility to expand their services and enhance the community.


City Council Meeting

Public Hearing for Rezoning of Property

Community Development staff presented on a request for rezoning from rural residential (RR) to business park (BP) of approximately 8.1 acres located on the west side of Litchfield Road, ½ mile north of Peoria Avenue. The designation does not allow for residential uses in the area that is located beneath the Luke AFB 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level noise contour. Staff indicated the proposal is consistent with the Surprise General Plan 2035.

rezoning from rural residential (RR) to business park (BP) of approximately 8.1 acres located on the west side of Litchfield Road, ½ mile north of Peoria Avenue.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning request. City Council unanimously approved the request after no public comment.

2016 State Legislative Agenda

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance discussed the City’s 2017 Draft Legislative Agenda for the first session of the 53rd Arizona State Legislature. This year’s agenda focuses on economic development, land use planning, public safety, transportation, environmental resources and military preservation. City Council agreed with Mrs. Lance’s approach of utilizing partnerships and intentional engagement as well as the agenda which was unanimously approved.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Police Department Promotion Ceremony

The Surprise Police Department held a promotion ceremony on December 1, 2016 honoring the promotions of Sergeant Adam M. Brown and Sergeant Garrick “Rick” Boxberger. Sergeant Brown began employment with the Police Department in 2005 and Sergeant Boxberger joined the Department in 2011. Both Sergeants served in the Field Operations Division, are members of the SWAT team and have served as Field Training Officers. Prior to joining the SWAT team, Sergeant Boxberger served as a negotiator for SWAT and is trained in Crisis Intervention and as an Evidence Tech.

Congratulations on your well-deserved promotions, and thank you for all you do to keep Surprise a safe city!

15th Annual Surprise Party

The 15th Annual Surprise Party was held last weekend. The annual celebration has become a fantastic holiday tradition for many of our Surprise families. The tree lighting ceremony kicked off the weekend festivities and was followed by live musical performances, great food, fireworks and visit from Santa!

Surprise City Council with members of the Surprise Youth Council
Surprise City Council with members of the Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, December 5. Agenda items included, but were not limited to, a review of their budget and approval of a partnership with Friends of the Library for a bookmark contest.

Prior to the meeting, I attended a reception hosted by the Commission that showcased the amazing artwork of our charter school students. If you have an opportunity, I would encourage you to visit the art hallway at City Hall to personally see the admirable artwork of our creative students.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Shops hosting “A Rockin’ Holiday & Santa Too” Event

Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace are hosting “A Rockin’ Holiday & Santa Too” event this Saturday, December 10 from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at Surprise Towne Center located at 13716 W. Bell Road. The family-friendly event includes a free live concert featuring 80’s cover sensation Rock Lobster. In addition, there will be free photos with Santa, many giveaways, festive face painters, balloon artists, holiday arts & crafts and much more.

In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to bring a can of food or non-perishable food item that will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance of Surprise. I hope to see you there!

Spring Training 2017

The 15th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 25 at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Surprise Stadium featuring Surprise’s home teams: the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

The Surprise Stadium will host 33 games this season, including two World of Baseball preparatory games against Team Venezuela on Wednesday, March 8 (1:05 p.m.) and Thursday, March 9 (1:05 p.m.).

There will be a special online pre-sale at www.surprisespringtraining.com starting this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888.755.2583. Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.

The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 beginning at 7 a.m. (MST). The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.


Did You Know?

Surprise Police Awarded GOHS Grants

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) recently awarded the Surprise Police Department with several grants totaling $44,665. A majority of the funds granted, $30,000, will pay for overtime costs involved in DUI investigations and aid in the completion of many scheduled DUI Task Force operations throughout the West Valley.

The additional money from the GOHS grant will be used to purchase new equipment to assist officers in the area of DUI/Impaired Driving Enforcement and for the Surprise Police Department’s participation in the “Know Your Limit” campaign. Click here to learn more about the “Know Your Limit” campaign: http://ow.ly/lsYJ306Dibe


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December 1, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Please note that the project has entered the third and final stage beginning November 22 through late February 2017. Phase 3C includes the following:

Grand Avenue:

  • No direct access to Bell Road until late February 2017. The Bell-Grand interchange ramps are inaccessible until the end of construction. Motorists needing to access Grand Avenue from Bell Road will need to use the revised designated detour route.
  • Grand Avenue will continue to be reduced to 2 lanes in each direction from Litchfield to Dysart roads until Late February 2017.
  • Business access along Grand Avenue to/from Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace maintained at the signalized intersections at Towne Center and Bell Grande drives.

Bell Road:

  • Access from US 60 (Grand Avenue) between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road available via detour route at Reems Road and Dysart Road.

134th Avenue:

  • Open to traffic

ADOT Phase 3C Detour Handout

Currently, work continues on the following:

  • Painting Bell Road Bridge
  • Reconstructing eastbound Grand Avenue

**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**


Events & Meetings

Bell Road Reopening

The Arizona Department of Transportation officially opened the new Bell Road Bridge at Grand Avenue at 12:15 a.m. on November 22. To commemorate the reopening and thank the area businesses, residents and drivers for their patience during the seven-month closure of Bell Road, the city hosted a pre-celebration on Monday, November 21 in the Surprise Marketplace parking lot.

reopening of Bell Road

Representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce spoke at the event that was also attended by neighboring elected officials, residents and local businesses. As a “thank you” for supporting the businesses around the Bell and Grand intersection attendees received Surprise shopping bags, filled with vendor coupons and promotional items. A perfect reminder to Shop Surprise this holiday season!

The entire Bell-Grand project, included the ramps connecting Grand Avenue to Bell Road, is scheduled to be complete prior to Spring Training 2017 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. In the meantime, your Bell to Grand Avenue access remains on Dysart Road, east of the intersection and Bell to Reems to Grand, west of the intersection.

Valley Metro Audit & Finance Subcommittee

The Valley Metro Audit & Finance Subcommittee met on Monday, November 28 to discuss applicants for the Chief Financial Officer position. The subcommittee will make a recommendation to the full Valley Metro Board this month.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly

Council Members Jim Hayden, Todd Tande and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, November 29. Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard of Luke AFB was the keynote speaker and provided a thorough update on Luke AFB and the economic impact the Base brings to Arizona and the plans to bring more F35s here.


Mark Your Calendar

15th Annual Surprise Party

Celebrate with the City of Surprise at the 15th Annual Surprise Party this weekend at the Surprise Recreation Campus! This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences, and admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus. The schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

Friday, December 2 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.) will include a hot air balloon glow; Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers; a traditional tree lighting ceremony; great food; live musical performances from “Steven P. Project,” “Nothin’ but a Party Band” and “Gonzology”; and fireworks. Plus, Santa’s Workshop, presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, offers a free opportunity for youth of all ages to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying arts and crafts, cookies, and fun!

  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Musical performances by “Steven P. Project” and “Nothin’ but a Party Band”
  • 7 – 7:15 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. – Musical performances by “Gonzology” and “Nothin’ but a Party Band”; Festive Balloon Glow
  • 8:45 – 8:55 p.m. – Night time Skydivers
  • 8:55 – 9 p.m. – “Party in the Sky” Fireworks

Friday’s event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Stadium Plaza, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Fireworks will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will include an arts and crafts festival, classic car show, interactive games, camel rides, a petting zoo, clowns, face painters, inflatables, carnival, gingerbread house contest and much more! Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of entertainment, including performances by the City of Surprise Dance programs and this year’s new attraction – “Robosaurus” the world’s largest car-crushing robot. Event activities and attractions may include a nominal fee. Concessions will be available for purchase.

  • 11 – 11:15 a.m. – The 15th Annual Surprise Party kickoff
  • 11:15 – 12:30 p.m. – City of Surprise – Special Interest Class Performance Groups
  • 1 – 2:45 p.m. – “Gonzology” musical performance
  • 3 – 5 p.m. – “Steppin’ Into Tomorrow” musical performance

Saturday’s events will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – 8 Acres Park, north of Surprise Stadium.

Carnival Operating Hours
Friday 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For additional event information, please contact the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

AZ TechCelerator Holiday Open House

Check out the latest tech wonders evolving at the city’s business incubator on Thursday, December 8, at the AZ TechCelerator campus and enter for a chance to win some tech devices! The AZ TechCelerator’s “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House runs from 5–7 p.m., Dec. 8, at 12425 W. Bell Road. This is an excellent opportunity to look at latest advancements from Surprise’s technology start-ups, including electric vehicle conversions, water desalination, and electric skateboards, all in a joyful setting of holiday music, comfort food, and warm coffee.

A raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. for those who complete a special scavenger hunt, with tech giveaways ranging from a Fitbit Charge 2, Google Home, an Xbox One and more!

Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated, and a local Google corporate office. This year, the AZ TechCelerator reached worldwide with its Global Concierge Services program, which helps international businesses establish local operations in Surprise and has so far generated more than 300 additional community jobs.


Did You Know?

Surprise Park-and-Ride Returns to Bell & Grand Location

The pick-up and drop-off locations for bus route 571 – Surprise Express will relocate to the Surprise Park-and-Ride, 13327 W. Bell Road, effective December 5! The Park-and-Ride was temporarily located at DreamCatcher Park due to the construction activity related to the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project.

For more information, please contact Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253.5000.

Surprise Police Department Completes Accreditation Process

Chief Terry Young recently announced Surprise Police Department has once again successfully completed a multi-year process designed to recognize professionalism in law enforcement through achievement of accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).

The Surprise Police Department received their initial accreditation on November 17, 2007, and received two subsequent reaccreditations in November of 2010 and 2013. On November 5, 2016, the Surprise Police Department was awarded their third reaccreditation from CALEA, and fourth overall award.

The purpose and mission of CALEA is two-fold. First, to establish a body of standards designed to increase agency efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public safety services; and second, to establish and administer a series of credentialing programs through which public safety agencies can demonstrate voluntarily that they meet an established set of internationally recognized law enforcement standards leading to excellence in management and service delivery.

The CALEA Accreditation Process, itself, is a proven management model. Some of the benefits that law enforcement agencies receive as a result of their accredited status with CALEA include:

  • Validation that policies comply with professionally developed law enforcement standards,
  • Scheduled review process for policies to ensure SPD continues to employ and develop progressive policies that reflect best practices in law enforcement,
  • Promotion of fair recruitment, selection, and promotional processes,
  • Enhanced administrative and operational efficiency and effectiveness,
  • Advanced capability to generate reports and analyses to make informed management decisions,
  • Higher level of accountability by Department members at all levels,
  • Reduction of liability and risk exposure, and
  • Greater public confidence in the agency and its members.

The CALEA Accreditation Process has proven to be of great benefit to both the agency and the community. It requires that the agency conform to procedures that are consistent with internationally recognized, progressive law enforcement standards. This is the foundation for competent, responsible, and ethical service to the public. It also requires the agency to take a thorough, introspective look at its mission, objectives, and operation. The Surprise Police Department voluntarily participates in the law enforcement accreditation process, and will continue to do so into the future.


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