A Message from the Chief

Adam Thrasher

Members of the Sierra Vista Police Department have long prided themselves on providing the best possible service to our community. Service is engrained in our culture and every member contributes to making our community safe and secure.

Every two years during the strategic planning process, department members help decide the department’s mission, vision for the future, and philosophy for conducting day-to-day business. During 2019, we reaffirmed our commitment to serving the community.


The Sierra Vista Police Department sets the standard for professional law enforcement agencies through exceptional performance and quality community services.


To protect and serve through professional, proactive, and innovative police services.


  1. The individual will be respected.
  2. Everyone will be given the best possible service.
  3. Excellence and superior performance will be pursued.

The responsibility of the Sierra Vista Police Department is to protect lives and property, prevent crime, and provide professional police services to the people of Sierra Vista.

Our department members are working hard to live up to these standards.

Over the last three years, proactive police activity has increased in an effort to deliver on the philosophy of protecting lives and property, pre-venting crime, and providing professional police services.

For the first time in recent department history, officer-initiated proactive calls for service outpaced citizen-initiated reactive calls for service. In addition, the department has seen a decrease in reported Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Part I offenses over the same time period.

Over the last year, there has also been a renewed focus on traffic enforcement by all patrol officers. While more traffic stops were made by officers, fewer citations were issued as officers focused more on educating drivers about poor driving behaviors. Additionally, for the first time in several years, reported traffic accidents within the city decreased.

In addition to enforcement efforts, department members participated in multiple public events to foster positive relationships with com-munity members. From coordinating adoption events and vaccination clinics hosted by the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care and Control Center, to organizing National Night Out and Special Olympics fund raisers, to hosting casual events such as Coffee with a Cop, the Sierra Vista Police Department remains committed to improving and protecting the lives of all members of our community.

Adam D. Thrasher
Chief of Police