Emerge Conference

Leading one of the largest sheriff's departments in the nation is not an entry-level position. Sheriff Napier has spent the last 38 years obtaining the experience, education and professional maturity to effectively lead our sheriff's department. In just his first term, the accomplishments are remarkable.

Community Safety

  • Implemented a NARCAN Program to treat opioid overdoses, which has already saved more than 34 lives
  • Significantly lowered crime, especially violent crime, over the past two years
  • Dramatic 35% reduction of complaints from 2016 -2019
  • Directed the Detention Center to become a nationally accredited facility to better serve the incarcerated and reduce liability
  • Implemented a Therapy Canine Program in the Mental Health Unit, Detention Center and in our School Resource Officer Program to assist with crisis response and reduce inmate and student stress. First in the nation to implement in a county jail and first in the state to have a commissioned handler
  • Worked with No More Deaths to revise protocols for response to migrants in distress in the rural areas of the county
  • Rural district COPS grant. Successfully secured a COPS grant that will provide funding for the new Rural district which will allow for a broader area of service coverage and increased resources in rural Pima County
  • Implemented the Sheriff's Citizen Advisory Council to provide the Sheriff with more community input into department matters
  • Expanded School Resource Officer Unit
  • Initiated Iris scanners at jail to enhance public safety verifying identify prior to release
  • As part of the Sheriff’s commitment to the community, Sheriff Napier attended more than 200 events each year

Leadership in the Department

  • Provided an opportunity for all command level staff members to attend executive level leadership training through Northwestern University SPSC, which better serves the department and the county
  • Created and implemented the Pima County Sheriff’s Department A.C.T. (Accountability – Community Engagement – Transparency) Law Enforcement Reform plan.  The proactive and innovative efforts have received national recognition.
  • Eliminated unnecessary positions and cronyism.
  • Budget surpluses in the last two years of more than $11 million total
  • More than $4.9 million in compensation increases to deputies and corrections staff
  • Revised promotional processes to remove favoritism and cronyism and ensure the best rise on merit
  • Reinstituted a performance evaluation program and employee accountability program
  • Created cold case squad of SAVs comprised of retired PCSD homicide detectives
  • Revised internal affairs investigations to ensure we maintain the integrity of the department while providing due process to our personnel
  • Revised the department's mission, vision, values and motto to redefine and refocus the agency
  • Developed a Strategic Plan to guide the department for the next five years
  • Became a member of the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation to make us more engaged with the community and obtain enhanced community support
  • Created a recruiting unit to better meet hiring challenges for law enforcement in the current job market
  • Partnered with the JTED Program to provide a career path into the department for local high school students
  • Appeared in local and national media to bring more sensible dialogue to public safety issues on the border

Nationwide forward thinking

  • Elected by his peers to serve in leadership positions
  • Vice President - Major County Sheriffs of America
  • Vice President - Arizona Sheriffs' Association
  • Vice Chair - Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AZ HIDTA)
  • Unified Command - Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT)
  • Chair - Border Security and Immigration Committee, Major County Sheriffs of America
  • Implemented one of the first-in-the-nation NIBRS complaint record management systems with FBI reporting
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