Yuma Police Department

Susan Smith
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 website.  This site was designed to be informative, user friendly and to provide another form of communication with members of our community.

I am extremely proud to be a member of the Yuma Police Department.  I began my career here in 1992 as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher and became a police officer in 1995.  I’ve held every rank through the years and consider it an extreme honor to have been selected as the Chief of Police in April 2019.

Located in the southwest corner of Arizona and bordering California, Yuma is a popular destination for tourists and winter visitors. It is a wonderful place to live!  With a population over 100,000 and approximately 80,000 visitors in the winter months, Yuma is the largest city in Arizona outside the metro Phoenix area and Tucson.

Yuma’s unique location can make it challenging to get additional resources into the area when needed.  Because of this, strong bonds have been forged between local and federal partners to assist each other as needed.  I truly enjoy being a part of this innovative partnership!

Reducing crime and improving the quality of life for our citizens are top priorities for this agency.  We truly understand we exist to protect this community and we work hard every day to cultivate and maintain the community’s trust. We are committed to partnership and community based policing which can only be accomplished by developing close working relationships with our businesses and neighborhoods.  

I sincerely look forward to working with everyone in order to ensure Yuma continues to be a safe place to live, play, and work.

Chief of Police Susan M. SmithRead More


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.

Learn More

  • 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

10th Annual


The Yuma Police Department, with help from the Yuma County Fair Inc., is pleased to announce the “Scary & Safe Trick or Treat” at the Yuma County Fairgrounds on Halloween night from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

This is a tradition we have renewed for the benefit of the children of Yuma and hope to continue it for many years to come. 

Local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies, along with businesses and local non-profit organizations, will come together at the Yuma County Fairgrounds to give away “tricks or treats”.

Admission fee is $1 per person.  Hotdogs, chips and water will be sold at $2.00 for the combo.  All proceeds will be donated to the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  

• When: Thursday, October 31 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

• Where: Yuma County Fairgrounds• $1 admission fee, which will benefit the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

• We will have the $5.00 fast pass set up again this year

• There will be an ATM on site for those who need cash