MCSO’s Munley reflects on first month as commander in Queen Creek

Capt. Dave Munley of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Capt. Dave Munley of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

 

Priorities include efficient use of personnel, training, community engagement

On May 20, Capt. Dave Munley took over as the new commander of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6, Queen Creek. He filled the position left open by Capt. Randy Brice, who retired from MCSO to accept a position with the Gilbert Police Department.

The new commander has a bachelor of science degree in public safety administration from Grand Canyon University. He has been with MCSO for more than 30 years. He started his career with MCSO as a detention officer and deputy sheriff. Prior to his assignment at District 6, Capt. Munley served as the commander of the Bureau of Internal Oversight. During the late 1980s, he was assigned to patrol the town of Queen Creek as part of MCSO’s ongoing contract to provide law enforcement services to the town of Queen Creek.

Nearly two months into serving the town, the Queen Creek Independent asked Capt. Munley about his impressions regarding public safety in the community and which changes, if any, he’d like to see made in the future and beyond.

Here are his responses to the paper’s e-mailed questions.

Independent: What was your first month on the job like?

Capt. Munley: After my first month on the job, I would say I am still very much in the midst of a “listening tour.” It has been important to learn work expectations from Queen Creek town management, community members and sheriff’s office executive staff. I have spent much time meeting and collaborating with Queen Creek town department heads and District 6 patrol, detective and administrative personnel.

Continual inquiry of community stakeholders and assessment of current practices has enabled me to understand what’s most important to residents in terms of public safety. This process will be constant going forward to ensure appropriate change for a safe and secure Queen Creek.

It has been exciting to be part of Queen Creek again because there is a great deal of enthusiasm and involvement by residents and town employees in building a strong community. I am proud to serve the town in such an important role — captain of public safety through law enforcement services. The community has changed greatly since I first patrolled here in 1986, but what has remained consistent over the years is the expectation and desire of the residents to be safe and secure in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and on the roadways of QC. Through dedicated and well-trained deputies and civilian employees of MCSO, this is what I will provide in my position as captain in District 6.

Independent: What changes would you like to see be made in the town’s public safety efforts in the near future and beyond?      

Capt. Munley: In addition to learning a lot about the community and residents, my first month in District 6 has revealed efficient and effective law enforcement practices to include: intelligence-led policing, directed patrols, community policing, a traffic safety plan and room for organizational change. The town management team along with commanders from the sheriff’s office worked together to develop these initiatives, which have been successful in maintaining low crime rates and enhanced feelings of public safety among residents. This has been evidenced by annual statistical reports and citizen surveys of Queen Creek residents.

The goal of any law enforcement captain should be to command the safest community for all residents and visitors. This is accomplished through industry best policing practices and efficient use of our most valuable resources — law enforcement personnel. This starts with necessary training opportunities covering various aspects of police work, which will further develop and improve staff knowledge. Providing ample opportunities for training events and needed certifications will be priority for District 6 staff. It is crucial to keep our personnel engaged and up-to-date with current training courses, especially in the area of community policing.

Building upon an already solid base of community policing practices will be another priority at District 6. Problem-solving, enhancing partnerships and flexibility to organizational change are aspects of the community policing philosophy that will be pursued in Queen Creek.

Building and maintaining public trust has been and will continue to be paramount to the success of all deputies and civilian personnel at the district. We are in business to sell the professionalism of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and good customer service will be accomplished through community policing opportunities by all employees.

It will also be important to increase visibility and community engagement by staff at every level. This is why we will continue to promote and participate in programs such as “Coffee with a Cop,” “Battle of the Badges” and other events sponsored by the town of Queen Creek. In addition, District 6 will provide an in-house public information officer who will work directly with town staff to release information significant to the community.

Most importantly, however, it will be our goal to improve visibility/availability of our field deputies and sergeants to those residents in which they provide patrol services for. We want people to know who’s patrolling their neighborhoods and/or businesses. Ultimately, we want to forge a closer relationship with residents to help accomplish our mission.

We will strive to maintain Queen Creek’s low crime rate and the feeling of safety among its residents through enhanced intelligence-led policing, directed patrol activities (traffic and property crimes zones) and continued review of staff productivity, both patrol and detectives.

These initiatives have been working, so it will be important to find ways to improve upon them.

The traffic safety plan and the three E’s — engineering, education and enforcement — will also continue to be priority to reduce accidents and injuries. Additional research into other possibilities for traffic enforcement and education will be considered to keep our streets safe.

My expectation of all sheriff’s office personnel is that they find opportunities to do something extra that will leave a positive impact on at least one person every shift. I am excited about this assignment and look forward to meeting, knowing and serving the residents of Queen Creek and the staff at District 6.

Editor’s note: Capt. Dave Munley may be reached by e-mail at D_Munley@MCSO.maricopa.gov or by calling the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 Queen Creek substation non-emergency number at 602-876-1011. The substation is at 22308 S. Ellsworth Road. Its lobby is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123.

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