Yuma Police Department

John Lekan
Police Chief

Chief's Message

On behalf of the dedicated employees of the Yuma Police Department, thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. The site is designed to be informative, user friendly, and to provide another link of communication with members of our community.

Located in the southwest corner of Arizona bordering California, Yuma is a popular destination for tourists, winter visitors, and is a great place to live. With a population of approximately 95,717 and approximately 80,000 visitors in the winter months, Yuma is the largest city in Arizona outside the metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson.

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78-CRIME is a community program designed to bring law enforcement, the news media and citizens together to combat crime and make our community a safer place to live.

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  • Coffee with a cop
    Coffee with a Cop - A unique opportunity for police officers and citizens to get to know each other and our community.
  • 1927 Group
    Historical Picture of Yuma Police Officers (circa. 1927)
  • NSRO-Bike-schoolServices
    Neighborhood School Resource Officers - Bridging the gap between neighborhoods and schools, these officers work well with the children, parents and teachers to build community relationships.
  • SROs
    School Resource Officers - A partnership between the schools, students and officers that establish trust while learning.


Current Events


The Yuma Police Department is continuing our efforts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics by kicking off another “Tip-A-Cop” event.  The event will be held at Texas Roadhouse, 594 E, 16th Street, on Thursday October 6th , 2016 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Coffee With A Cop

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the City of Yuma neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. This event will be at Brownies Cafe 1145 S. 4th Ave. Friday October 7th from 6:00-10:00am