Chandler announces $10k package for lateral police officers offering a hiring incentive plus relocation assistance

April 28, 2022
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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Starting May 1, the City of Chandler will offer lateral police officers outside the Greater Phoenix Area a $10,000 signing package that includes a $5,000 hiring incentive and up to $5,000 in relocation assistance. Recruitment of lateral officers also will be part of the City’s nationwide talent recruitment campaign launching later this summer.

Chandler was the first police department in the Valley to offer hiring incentives ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. It has hired 44 positions through that program since July 2021, adding new and lateral police officers, dispatchers and detention officers.

Police Chief Sean Duggan highlighted Chandler’s efforts to fill the full complement of 360 sworn positions in the police department and significant decline in serious crimes in the past decade during tonight’s City Council work session.

Chandler currently has 360 police officer positions and has requested two additional sworn positions in next year’s budget, marking the most sworn positions ever for the department. Those figures include 10 new positions plus 15 over hire positions added in 2021. The over hire positions provide time to hire and train new officers, while current officers continue serving the community in patrol and specialty roles.

In this year’s budget request, Chandler Police is seeking to create a five-person behavioral health unit to respond and investigate behavioral health related calls for service. This unit would focus on establishing relationships with behavioral health partners, reducing calls for service through early intervention and improving outcomes of encounters with people who have behavioral health issues.

Chandler’s widespread community support of police is a byproduct of retaining and recruiting top talent to serve the community. Serious crimes in Chandler have declined by roughly 2,000 incidents during the past decade to 5,333 incidents in 2021. The rate of serious crimes in Chandler has decreased to its lowest in 35 years. Response times to high priority calls also have been reduced to nearly four minutes. These outcomes demonstrate why Chandler remains one of the safest communities in the nation.  

Enclosure: Work Session Presentation

Media contacts:          
Matt Burdick, City of Chandler Communications Director

Jason McClimans, Chandler Police Department PIO Sergeant