Police

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Oro Valley has grown from 1,500 residents in 1983 to approximately 43,565 today. The town has expanded from 4.5 square miles to nearly 36 during the same time. By comparison, the police department has grown from five commissioned officers to 104 commissioned officers and 31.25 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.

ALERT: Bighorn Fire Updates

Updated: July 2, 2020 (Morning):

Acres: 118,710
Percent Containment: 58%
Start Date: June 5, 2020
Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
Personnel: 884
Injuries: 9 minor
Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
 
Weather: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. Temperatures will be 70 to 78 at upper elevations and 93 to 96 on the valley floor.
 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING
 
Yesterday’s Activity: Conditions were favorable for fireline construction. Structure protection and patrol continued from Summerhaven to Willow Canyon. Crews improved primary and secondary firelines including hose lays for mop up around the spot fire near Radio Ridge. Fire backing down Green Mountain was monitored. Helicopters performed bucket drops and ground crews improved fireline and mopped up near Beuhman Canyon. Water drops were used to support hotshot crews in securing and mopping up the fireline west of Redington Road about one mile north of Trail Tank Road. The fire burned actively interior to the fireline in this area. Mop up continued on the 50 acre spot fire off Redington Road. Crews monitored Sabino and other canyons on the south side of the fire.
 
Today’s Activity: Firefighters will continue structure protection between Summerhaven and Willow Canyon and work to complete containment on the 3-acre spot fire near Radio Ridge. Crews will monitor the fire backing down Green Mountain and along the Catalina Highway. Firefighters will hold and mop up the area where the spot fire crossed Redington Road. Mop up will continue along the Piety Hill Road (#649) in the Beuhman Canyon area. Crews will chip vegetation removed during fireline construction in the Peppersauce Canyon area. The remaining fire perimeter will primarily be in patrol status. Crews will monitor Sabino Canyon. Initial attack resources will be available for any new fire starts in the area.

 

Fire Information
The Bighorn Fire is 118,710 acres and is 58% contained. Growth over the last 24hrs was minimal due to increased moisture and light precipitation over the fire area.
 
Smoke Discussion
Light smoke is present in the San Pedro Valley and Tanque Verde. Smoke will lift by 9am with improving air quality.
Smoke this afternoon will move northeast to east, impacting the San Pedro Valley, mainly southeast of San Manuel. Light smoke impacts will be possible, especially for areas immediately northeast to east of the fire. Elsewhere across the area, generally good air quality.
 
Winds will be light tonight into Friday morning, with light impacts possible for the San Pedro Valley and Tanque Verde. During the afternoon, light smoke impacts will be possible for communities immediately adjacent to the fire with improving air quality elsewhere.

 

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Law enforcement can take action against a private citizen or commercial business flying drones illegally over a wildfire. Visit knowbeforeyoufly.org for more information. 

Evacuation Notices:

Refer to the interactive map at http://bit.ly/PCBigHornFire for the most up-to-date evacuation notices.

Closures remain in effect. Catalina State Park is closed. Large portions of the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District near the fire are restricted. View the closure order and map at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/.
 
Fire Information Phone Line:(520) 276-8981 and (520) 329-7439, 8AM-8PM
  • ONLY call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency. For information related to the fire continue to follow Oro Valley social media or you can contact:
  • Questions from residents in the Oro Valley area should be directed to (520) 229-4711.
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Chief 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, Oro Valley Community Leadership Board, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Women Leading Government Marketing Committee, Northwest Women’s Group, and Southern Arizona Women Leading Government. 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 National Public Information Officers Association. 

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 is a retired professor from the University of Arizona in the field of environmental studies. She is a mother to an 18 year-old daughter 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 fiance, 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.

2019 Annual Report(PDF, 10MB)

  • 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
Jason Larter (520) 229-4914 jlarter@orovalleyaz.gov Deputy Police Chief
Curt Hicks (520) 229-4918 chicks@orovalleyaz.gov Police Commander
Chris Olson (520) 229-4902 colson@orovalleyaz.gov Police Commander
Michelle DeVault (520) 229-4911 mdevault@orovalleyaz.gov Police Communications Manager
Matt Horetski (520) 229-4928 mhoretski@orovalleyaz.gov  Police Lieutenant
Aaron LeSuer (520) 229-4907 alesuer@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
John Teachout (520) 229-4923 jteachout@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
Carmen Trevizo (520) 229-4951 ctrevizo@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant
Michael Gracie (520) 229-4948 mgracie@orovalleyaz.gov Police Lieutenant

 

Job Title Closing Date
Public Safety Telecommunicator Not accepting applications.

Lateral Public Safety
Telecommunicator

Not accepting applications.
Police Officer Application process recently closed.
Lateral Police Officer Applications are currently being accepted for the position of Lateral Police Officer. Interested applicants are REQUIRED to complete the online application.

Once complete, and if the minimum criteria is met, the applicant will receive an email from Guardian Alliance Technologies within five business days. The email will include a sign-on and instructions on establishing a secure online account. This account will serve the purpose of collecting information and documents required for the personal history questionnaire. If you have any specific questions about the position or the process please contact Sergeant Daniel Hoyos at 520-229-4912 or ovpdrecruiting@orovalleyaz.gov
Police Officer/Reserve,
PT 19hrs/week
Not accepting applications.
Records Specialist Not accepting applications.
Other Civilian Jobs Not accepting applications.
CVAP Member

Citizen Volunteer Assistants Program

Explorer Explorer Post 2011
College intern Please contact Sgt. Andy Lopez at (520) 229-4955 for more information.
Other Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Sgt. R. Goddard at (520) 229-5081 for more information.

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  1. Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.  
  2. Do online searches. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
  3. Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
  4. Don’t pay upfront for a promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.
  5. Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards (like MoneyPak or Reloadit) and gift cards (like iTunes or Google Play). Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.
  6. Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.
  7. Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
  8. Be skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize.
  9. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.
  10. Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scamsGet the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.

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.