Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa Police Department celebrated its 10-year anniversary Tuesday with a special display of select equipment and resources at Maricopa City Hall.

On display were various items used by the department’s Special Response Team (SRT) and Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Also present were members of police Support Services, PD Explorers, and Volunteers in Police Service.

During the City Council’s regular meeting, charter members of the department where honored with a special video highlighting their decade of service to the City of Maricopa.

Mayor Christian Price presented the special proclamation while recognizing the growth of the city and the department, which had 17 members in 2007, and now has 88.

MPD Chief Steve Stahl accepted the proclamation on behalf of the nine charter members still with MPD, all of whom, he said, maintain a special place in city history.

“We’ve received outstanding support,” Stahl said of city management and citizens alike. “You can’t have a safe city without outstanding support from our elected leaders, both current and past, and our citizens.”

Stahl further acknowledged the people he considers the unsung heroes in this equation – the families of officers.

“You have given all of us the journey, the ability to lead, and you’ve displayed faith in us to keep your loved ones safe, and we take that very seriously,” Stahl said. “But we also take the support you give us to heart. Thank you all for all of this.”

For information on volunteering and other things you can do to support the Maricopa Police Department visit www.maricopa-az.gov/web/police.

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