Tucson Police Department Overview

Fiscal Year 2021/22

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)

**884 of the 1,185 FTE for Fiscal Year 2021/22 are Commissioned Officers

Budget By Program

Department Expenses

Budget By Expense Category

Budget By Funding Source

Significant Changes

The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2021/22 of $186,778,960 reflects a net decrease of $23,312,920 from the Fiscal Year 2020/21 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:

  • Increase in salary and employee related expenses* by $2,100,000
  • Decrease in police pension costs due to structure of pension obligation by $20,808,500
  • Decrease in COVID-19 disaster relief funding by $11,770,000

*20 new Community Service Officers and 12 new Police Records Specialists have been added to the Fiscal Year 2021/22 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.


TPD is extraordinarily successful at solving homicides with effective collaborative efforts. By diverting substance abuse addicts into treatment and away from prison, the department continues to build on the success of its deflection program. TPD has successfully reduced the reliance on incarceration using alternatives to arrest for many low-level offenses. TPD also improved the department's data analysis capabilities to support effective, evidence-based crime reduction efforts and enhance transparency.

Future Objectives

TPD continues to focus the department’s efforts towards decreasing violent crime rates, specifically gun crimes, address challenges with recruiting and retention with a goal of hiring a highly qualified and diverse workforce staff and the increases in drug overdoses through the use of our drug diversion and deflection programs which support treatment as opposed to incarceration. TPD will continue to support employee health and wellness through increased resources and training.