Prescott Valley, Ariz. – Prescott Valley Police Chief Steven W. Roser has announced his intent to retire from law enforcement as of July 2, 2021. Roser indicated it has been his honor to have served the community of Prescott Valley as their Chief of Police.
Roser was hired on November 7, 2019, after serving with the Phoenix Police Department for nearly 30 years. Under his leadership the Prescott Valley Police Department has:
- Reorganized the command structure, as well as the organizational chart within the police department to ensure a more fluid response and approach to law enforcement.
- Under his command, the department was able to obtain thousands of dollars in funding from various grants, acquiring the Faro 3D Imagining and Investigative tool for documenting serious incidents, such as fatal accidents and shooting scenes. The acquisition of five new vehicles for the d traffic unit (a Camaro, two challengers, and two BMW motorcycles), and many more items to help investigate and prevent crime within the Town of Prescott Valley.
- The implementation of a newly formed Drug Enforcement Unit, consisting of a Sergeant and three detectives. This unit is addressing the increase in illicit drugs within the community and an increase in Fentanyl overdose victims. This past year the department implemented a Narcan program that was responsible for the saving of at least 16 lives within the community. The DEU is working hand-in-hand with the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) and other state and federal agencies to combat illicit drugs within Yavapai County.
- Increased the department’s size by seven new officer positions, a new Crime Prevention Officer, a part-time Evidence Technician, and a part-time Records Technician, all of which helps the department’s response to calls for service and preventing crime within the community.
- The implementation of a new community policing program, Virtual Block Watch, where residents and businesses can register their camera surveillance systems with the police
department to assist investigators with video surveillance to apprehend criminals within the community.
Interim Prescott Valley Town Manager Ryan Judy stated that Chief Roser has been an invaluable part of the organization for the past two years and will be missed by many. He is eligible for an Honorable Retirement and will receive a severance package as provided by Personnel Policy for executive leadership leaving the Town in good standing. Judy added that the Town wishes Chief Roser and his family well in all their future endeavors.