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Queen Creek launches its first police department

The town of Queen Creek  has launched its own police force after decades of using the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Since the town’s incorporation in 1989, the MCSO has provided law enforcement services to Queen Creek, as it simply wasn’t large enough to facilitate its own department.

But over the past 20 years, Queen Creek has seen its population explode from about 4,000 to around 70,000 today.

So in March of 2020, the Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously to build up its own police force.

Now, the town has transitioned to its own police force,  the Queen Creek Police Department.

The department has more than 70 officers and support staff and a full complement of equipment and resources.

It will be led by  Chief Randy Brice. He was hired in July and sworn in in early December. He previously worked for Gilbert police and MCSO before that.

Hear John Kross’ interview with host Steve Goldstein on The Show


John Kross is the Queen Creek town manager and has been instrumental in making the department a reality.

The Show spoke with him about whether the police force was needed for the simple fact that Queen Creek has grown so rapidly.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.