Tucson Police Department Overview

Fiscal Year 2022/23

Mission Statement

To serve the public in partnership with our community, to protect life and property, prevent crime, and resolve problems.


The following programs are included in this department:

Staffing By Program

*Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE)

**883 of the 1,187 FTE for Fiscal Year 2022/23 are Commissioned Officers

Budget By Program

Department Expenses

Budget By Expense Category

Budget By Funding Source

Significant Changes

The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2022/23 of $195,111,680 reflects an increase of $8,332,720 from the Fiscal Year 2021/22 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:

  • Increase in salary and employee related expenses* by $9,647,770
  • Decrease in Services by $379,490
  • Decrease in Supplies by $4,654,060

*1 new Management Coordinator and 1 new Police Lieutenant Assignment: Police Captain have been added to the Fiscal Year 2022/23 Adopted Budget.


Due to the structure of public safety pension obligations, the operating budget has decreased over the last three years. Tucson Police Department is committed to recruiting and retaining police officers. Over the past three years, overtime has decreased due to the collaborative effort.


Using a combination of modern technology and diligent police work, the Tucson Police Department continued its extraordinarily high success rate in solving homicide cases. Also this year, TPD continued its ABLE training (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement), a program of the Center for Innovations in Community Safety that prepares law enforcement personnel, sworn and professional staff, “to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention.” The year was not without tragedy, however, as it was marred by several officer deaths and injuries, including the Amtrak incident where DEA Group Supervisor Mike Garbo was killed by an armed suspect. TPD sworn members behaved heroically in confronting the shooter and eliminating the threat, running toward gunfire and clearly and immediately placing their own lives at risk to protect passengers trapped on the train and their law enforcement colleagues.

Finally, a new Chief of Police, Chad Kasmar, was selected to replace outgoing Chief Chris Magnus. A native Tucsonan and 20-year veteran of TPD, his appointment has been well received in the department and the community.

Future Objectives

Reducing gun violence and supporting employee wellness remain top priorities. The department continues to experience challenges retaining and recruiting members, both sworn and professional staff. Greater support for wellness and work/life balance can help address both these challenges and the department is making that investment, creating a Wellness Division and assigning additional personnel to it. In addition, department members are being afforded the opportunity to attend 5-day Struggle Well trainings, which teach an approach to dealing with trauma that allows people to thrive even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Regarding gun violence, the department is using its Analysis Division, Crime Gun Intelligence Unit, Place Network Investigations, and its Investigative and Patrol Services Bureaus to bring every available tool to bear on this problem. Also this year, the department plans to hire a Violence Prevention Coordinator to work with youth-serving agencies, schools, and hospitals and increase available supports for youth at risk of committing gun violence.