The new Prescott Valley police chief is settling in and has hit the ground running since starting his position Dec. 1. Bryan Jarrell brings more than 28 years of policing experience to his command and will start things off by looking at the police department's current workflow and processes.
"I will be asking for input from all the departments and asking how we can make implements or changes if they are even necessary," Jarrell said.
Two projects that top his list include revamping the Block Watch program by encouraging homeowner association involvement and establishing a liaison between the police department and the business community to work on issues specific to business owners' needs.
Naturally, Jarrell will be dealing with different issues than in his former post, especially when taking into account the demographics. Jarrell worked in Southfield, Mich., a diverse community, with Detroit as its southern neighbor. That city accounted for more than 27 million square feet of office space and over seven million square feet of retail and industrial space. The Southfield resident population is around 70,000 but during the day increases due to its proximity with other major cities, Jarrell said.
Jarrell graduated from Eastern Michigan University and began his law enforcement career in 1985. He served as deputy chief for 10 years before moving to Prescott Valley.
"Obviously the volume of calls is lower here and the types of crime are a lot different," he said.
He has noticed that the town receives a lot of quality of life type calls like noise, barking dogs and traffic. Coming from a department where armed robbery and high volume calls came in everyday, he said he would be surprised if anything came along that shocked him.
"I've seen a lot of things where I come from," he said, adding that he was proud of his traffic record. In one year he handled 163 DUI calls and helped pull a 16-year-old from a burning house.
Jarrell also enjoyed his involvement as a DARE officer.
"That program established a relationship between youth and authority figures in general and law enforcement figures in particular. It's a very powerful program," he said.
His past accomplishments include creating the department's first bicycle patrol program, graduating from the FBI National Academy, and helping to save his department $2.5 million over a four-year period. Jarrell also received certification by the Department of Homeland Security in the National Incident Management System.
Jarrell said he doesn't consider his move here as part of a retirement big picture, rather he sees challenges in this community, especially as it continues to grow. He recognizes that the Town has plenty of room to expand and someday could be bigger than Southfield.
As far as building upon the area's policing efforts, Jarrell is a firm believer in regional cooperation.
"Law enforcement can't survive as an island. So I'm big on partnerships and building relationships," he said, touting his experience with various federal agencies.
Jarrell said he appreciates the activity opportunities here. He and his wife enjoy hiking, golfing, camping and running.
Jarrell said his wife still lives in Michigan and will be able to join him once their Prescott Valley home is completed. His grown daughter and two sons will remain in the Michigan area.
"It's a high priority for me as chief to make sure this community is served," Jarrell said.