Police

Policing, it's in our nature

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.


 

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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 Emergency Communications Center 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 Application process recently closed. 
Lateral Public Safety Telecommunicator

Interested applicants are encouraged to complete an on-line application. 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.

To be considered a Lateral Public Safety Telecommunicator you must: Currently be employed as a Police Dispatcher and have two years of continuous police dispatching experience. ACJIS certification or ability to complete one within 6 months. Desirable qualifications are Spillman CAD experience and Vesta E911 Phone System experience.  Also offered as part of the lateral position is 40 hours of vacation and 40 hours of sick time. 

Police Officer  Interested applicants are REQUIRED to complete an on-line application which is due by February 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Once complete, 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. The personal history questionnaire must be completed and certified by February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) now requires that ALL police officer applicants complete AZPOST’s electronic personal history questionnaire in addition to all law enforcement agency applications. Visit my.azpost.gov to create an account. Upon completion of the questionnaire identify Oro Valley Police Department as your agency of interest.  AZPOST will also provide you a PIN. You are required to email the PIN to ovpdrecruiting@orovalleyaz.gov. This must be completed by February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  

A written test assessment is tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2021.
An oral board assessment tentatively scheduled during the week of March 22, 2021.
A physical agility assessment is tentatively scheduled for April 3, 2021.
Qualified applicants will be provided with the location and time of the individual assessments.  

Additional assessments include:

  • Polygraph Exam
  • Drug Screen
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical Exam

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.

Lateral Police Officer

To QUALIFY as a LATERAL applicant, you must hold a current AZPOST certification, or out of State equivalent.  

Interested applicants are REQUIRED to complete an on-line application which is due by February 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Once complete, 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. The personal history questionnaire must be completed and certified by February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) now requires that ALL police officer applicants complete AZPOST’s electronic personal history questionnaire in addition to ALL law enforcement agency applications.  Visit my.azpost.gov to create an account. Upon completion of AZPOST’s questionnaire indicate Oro Valley Police Department as your agency of interest. AZPOST will provide you a PIN. You are required to email the PIN to ovpdrecruiting@orovalleyaz.gov. This must be completed by February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  


Oral boards are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 15, 2021.  
Qualified applicants will be provided with the location and time of the oral board.  

Additional assessments include:
  • Polygraph Exam
  • Drug Screen
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical Exam
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

Cadet Cadet Unit 6873
College intern Please contact Sgt. Andy Lopez at (520) 229-4955 for more information.
Other Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Sgt. M. Morris at (520) 229-5081 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.