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Police: Security at Glendale stadium won’t affect Chandler

July 6th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Police: Security at Glendale stadium won’t affect Chandler

By Ken Sain
Staff Writer

Chandler’s City Council is approving an intergovernmental agreement to make the city’s police officers available to work security at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

The deal with the Arizona Department of Public Safety is a renewal of a previous agreement and not something new.

Police officials have said in the past that they needed more officers because they did not have enough to adequately cover vacations and time off so officers could get the training they need.

Chandler Police pulled many of its community policing officers off those duties to have them patrol because of the shortage.

Department spokesman Sgt. Jason McClimans said the deal to provide security for the Glendale arena will not impact safety in Chandler.

“Any and all Chandler PD employees who sign up to work at State Farm Stadium in Glendale do so under an off-duty employment status,” he wrote in an email. “All officers need to have their off-duty employment status approved by the administration. Off-duty employment does not affect staffing.”

Chandler Police announced on their Twitter feed on June 25 that four more officers had graduated from its police academy.

The city recently announced it would pay a $5,000 bonus to police officers from other locations willing to make a lateral move to Chandler. It also announced it would pay another $5,000 toward the moving costs for officers moving from somewhere outside the Valley metro area.

Competition for officers is heating up. Other cities are matching – and in some cases surpassing – those bonuses as police departments across the country are dealing with shortages. Phoenix City Council raised officers’ annual salary $20,000.

Chandler has about 360 sworn officer positions. It has filled 44 spots since it started the bonus program in July of 2021. McClimans said the department has 30 vacancies after a few more veterans recently retired.

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