Policing, it's in our nature

Oro Valley has grown from 1,500 residents in 1983 to more than 47,070 today. The town has expanded from 4.5 square miles to more than 36 during the same time. By comparison, the police department has grown from five commissioned officers to 106 commissioned officers and 31 full-time and 3 part-time civilians. In addition, we have a volunteer group that is second to none.

Oro Valley is proud to be one of the safest cities in Arizona. 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.



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Chief Riley has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.

Kara M. Riley has been a police officer since February 1992. Prior to being a police officer, she worked in the corrections field for five years, both at adult and juvenile jails. From 1993 to 2004, she was a police officer and sergeant with the Tucson Airport Authority. In 2004, she started her career with the Oro Valley Police Department. 

Prior to becoming Chief, she held the rank of Commander. Her responsibilities included the Field Services Division for patrol, motors, K-9, SWAT, Negotiations, and the Community Action Team. She was also responsible for the Support Services Division, which is responsible for criminal investigations, community resources, public safety telecommunicators, fleet, IT, records unit and task force operations. In the past, she served as the Chief’s Executive Officer. The Executive Officer holds the responsibilities of professional development and training, the office of professional standards, and the public information officer.

Kara serves on the Board of Directors for Pima County Wireless Integrated Network, Arizona Association Chiefs of Police, President of the Oro Valley Optimist Club, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Women’s Group, and Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. She is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates Arizona Chapter, member of the International Association Chiefs of Police, and a member of the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Managers.

Kara holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education. In September 2015, she graduated from class 261 at the FBI National Academy and in 2012, Northwestern University Police Staff, and Command School. 

Kara had the fortunate opportunity to grow up overseas in Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, and Sudan, Africa. Her father was a retired professor from the University of Arizona in the field of environmental studies. She is a mother to a University of Arizona graduate and aunt to six nieces and nephews. She enjoys fishing, watching any sport the University of Arizona is playing, CrossFit, and spending time with her husband, Joseph Shelley.

Inside the OVPD

The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is composed of two divisions, five bureaus and several units that work together to meet the needs of our community. For more information on each division, the bureaus and units they oversee, click on the links below.


  • EMERGENCY: 911
  • Non-Emergency: 520-229-4900
  • General Fax: 520-229-4979
  • Administration Fax: 520-229-4979
  • Records Fax: 520-797-2616
  • Traffic Hotline: 520-229-4933

Main Station
11000 North La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona 85737

Magee Station
500 West Magee Road, Oro Valley, Arizona 85704 
Non-Emergency: (520) 229-2930
*By appointment only

Sun City Station
1171 East Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Suite 115 (Mountain View Plaza), Oro Valley, Arizona 85755

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm unless indicated otherwise.


Name  Phone Email Job Title
Kara M. Riley           (520) 229-4900    kriley@orovalleyaz.gov  Police Chief
Curt Hicks (520) 229-4918 chicks@orovalleyaz.gov Deputy Police Chief
John Teachout (520) 229-4923 jteachout@orovalleyaz.gov Police Commander
Mike Gracie (520) 229-4948 mgracie@orovalleyaz.gov Police Commander
Michelle DeVault (520) 229-4911 mdevault@orovalleyaz.gov Emergency Communications Center Manager
Carmen Trevizo (520) 229-4951 ctrevizo@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
Zach Young (520) 229-4965 zyoung@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
Jeff Thomas (520) 229-4958  jthomas@orovalleyaz.gov  Police Lieutenant
Kevin Peterson (520) 229-4956 kpeterson@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
Darren Wright (520) 260-2074 dwright@orovalleyaz.gov Public Information Officer


Oro Valley Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Police Recruitment Specialist Jennifer Kleinberg at jkleinberg@orovalleyaz.gov or 520-229-4962 for more information on the below employment opportunities.

Job Title Closing Date
Public Safety
Click HERE to apply. Hiring process details are available on the job posting.
Lateral Public Safety

Click HERE to apply. Hiring process details are available on the job posting.

Police Officer Click HERE to apply. Hiring process details are available on the job posting.
Lateral Police Officer 

Click HERE to apply. Hiring process details are available on the job posting.

Records Department

There are no active job postings in this department.

Other Civilian Jobs The Crime Scene Technician job posting recently closed.
CVAP Member

Citizen Volunteer Assistants Program

Cadet Cadet Unit 6873
College intern Please contact our recruiting team at ovpdrecruiting@orovalleyaz.gov or
via phone at (520) 229-4912 for more information.
Other Volunteer

Please contact Sgt. D. Hoyos at (520) 229-4969 for more information.


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If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

We also ask that you call (520) 229-4900 to report any scams to the Oro Valley Police Department. Click the links below for some more information on specific types of scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.