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Posted on: April 14, 2009

[ACTIVE] Squad 6

The seven members of the Buckeye Police Department’s “Squad 6” have had a significant impact on weekend crime over the past several months.

Since May 2008, thorough investigations by the officers of Squad 6 have led to

· Two persons serving a total of 10.5 years in prison on gun-related charges

· Six incidents in which a total of 89 juveniles were arrested on alcohol, drug, criminal damage to property and juvenile-related charges

· Locating and securing the vehicle of a homicide victim led to the swift arrest of two suspects

· Six juveniles were arrested for throwing rocks onto I-10 causing injuries to passing motorists and passengers and $16,000 in damage

· Providing another law enforcement agency information that helped arrest a suspect accused of shooting at officers.

In addition, Squad 6 officers have developed a serial number tracking form for all residents’ personal items that will help for insurance purposes if the items are stolen and for identification if those stolen items are found. The form is available on the town’s web site, www.buckeyeaz.gov.

And they wrote a grant to help develop the department’s first traffic unit. The department received $80,000 to purchase two motorcycles and for overtime to participate in the west Valley DUI task forces.

Two members of Squad 6 were selected to be the first two members of the traffic unit.

Patrol Sgt. Jeffrey McKnight said the varied backgrounds of the officers of Squad 6 may be the reason they have jelled into such a cohesive unit.

“This group of individuals have come together to help each other out and rely on each other like family,” McKnight said. “Each officer is able to react to a fellow officer’s needs before being asked.

“This cohesiveness provides a sense of security that enables the officers to focus on meeting the needs of the town.”

Acting Police Chief Mark Mann said he is proud of the diligent work of the officers of Squad 6.

“The professionalism and attention to detail of these officers is reflective of the overall efforts put in by all patrol officers in our department,” Mann said. “Their dedication to protecting Buckeye residents is unflinching and admirable.”

Squad 6 is made up of

· Officer Terrance O’Hea, 1.5 years in Buckeye PD:
“I wanted to become a police officer to help people and make a difference in the community. This is truly the greatest job there is . . .”

· Officer Gregory Nevin, two years in Buckeye:
“I come to work excited to experience new things and impact the community in a positive way. Working for the Buckeye Police Department has been rewarding . . . “

· Officer Robbie Snider, two years in Buckeye and total of four in law enforcement:
“I looked at numerous agencies before discovering Buckeye PD. I learned I could have a great impact on the future development of the town and police department.”

· Officer Jason Beaver, one year in Buckeye:
“I feel I have been fortunate to be placed on a squad where every member cares about what happens to each other. Simply put, this squad uses its different skills to function through teamwork.”

· Officer Jonathan Hannaman, one year in Buckeye:
“I have learned that these officers share the same values that were instilled in me during my four years in the Army. We constantly strive to perform at the highest level providing the best service we can for our community.”

· Officer Eric Glenn, one year in Buckeye:
“We each make personal sacrifices at times to help a member of our squad. We want each person on the squad to succeed. Our approach is the prevention of crimes by being proactive and targeting problem areas.”

· Sgt. Jeffrey McKnight, three years in Buckeye and nine in law enforcement:
“Supervising these officers is easy because they all have great core values. I am proud that these individuals came together to become such a cohesive unit and have accomplished so many great things in such a short amount of time.”

McKnight said that while Squad 6 has accomplished a great deal over the past several months, the officers continue to focus on the future.

“The Town of Buckeye is doing an excellent service to its residents by hiring officers who are proud to be here and believe so much in this community,” McKnight said.

“I have had the chance to work with some outstanding officers in the past nine years, but I have never worked with so many outstanding officers at one time."

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