We would like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family of Dispatcher Cathy Coppes. Cathy was tragically killed when she was struck by an impaired driver while she was riding her motorcycle in Northern Arizona.
Cathy was a long time Chandler PD employee and was often the voice you would hear when you’d call dispatch. Friends and co-workers describe her passion for finding joy in life and she will be greatly missed by many. May you Rest In Peace Cathy.
Member of the Communications Section Killed in Off-duty Traffic Collision
K9 Bronco has had a distinguished career with the Chandler Police Department as a dual purpose, Patrol and Narcotics police dog for over 5 years of service. Bronco was imported from the Netherlands and was purchased by the Chandler Police Department in 2012.
Unexpectedly, at 4:00 am on October 24th 2017, Bronco had a massive seizure in his kennel at home. 12 more excruciating seizures followed in the short time before he was rushed to a veterinarian. Bronco’s vet, who specializes in working dogs, was able to get the seizures under control before Bronco was rushed to the Animal Neurology & Imaging Center for an emergency MRI scan. The MRI determined Bronco had a tumor on the frontal lobe of his brain. The treatment plan is a week long and very expensive. Bronco’s prognosis looks great with treatment. Bronco was subsequently forced into retirement, and into the care of Officer Berner, his handler. As a result, a fundraiser is underway to ensure Bronco receives lifesaving care which will allow him to resume a normal and active life in retirement.
Please help us help K-9 Bronco by giving him the best chance of survival so he can live out the rest of his life enjoying retirement.
On June 23, 2016, the Chandler City Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding with the Chandler Law Enforcement Association and the three other employee groups in the city.
The MOU will be in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
CLEA and City of Chandler MOU 2016-2018
- Merit increase of 5% for all eligible police officers
- Longevity payment increases to 2.5%, paid two times a year
- Up to 3% of gross wages contributed to deferred compensation (requires $90 employee contribution per pay period and 8+ years of service for full amount)
- Clothing allowance increases from $750 to $1200 paid out in two $600 payments in July and February
- Beginning July 1, 2016 accrue up to 90 hours of compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay with an increase to 100 hours in July of 2017.