Oro Valley has grown from 1,500 residents in 1983 to approximately 41,011 today. The land area has expanded from 4.5 square miles to nearly 36 during the same time. By comparison, the department has grown from 5 commissioned officers to 100 commissioned officers, 30.25 civilians and 2.88 reserve officers. Additionally, we have a volunteer group that is second to none. The dedication, vigilance and professionalism of all members of the Police Department provide for a safe and secure community for all those who live and visit in Oro Valley.
In September 2006, in an effort to improve the quality of services, the Oro Valley Police Department created a citizen survey for its constituents. The survey provides a fact-finding medium to determine how the Police Department is doing from the citizens. Patrol officers, volunteers, school resource officers and crime prevention officers distribute the surveys to citizens. The surveys are also available at the Oro Valley Library and the Police Department’s main and north stations. A police volunteer reads and records every returned survey. The information is used to create a monthly statistical summary that is provided to the command staff and placed on the Police Department’s website for public viewing.
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