Manager of Tempe PD’s Forensic and Technology units departs from department

Wil Price, the manager of the Police Analytics Bureau within the Tempe Police Department, has announced his retirement after two years on the job. Price first served with the Tempe Police Department as a sworn officer from 1982 to 2003, retiring as a sergeant. He then returned as a professional staff member in 2022, where he has been managing the Police Analytics Bureau.

Despite recent issues within some units of the bureau, such as the Technical Services Unit and Forensic Services Unit, Price is focused on making improvements and transforming the department into a top-tier agency. The Technical Services Unit has faced challenges with misuse of public funds and equipment, while crime scene technicians in the Forensic Services Unit have lacked proper equipment and standards.

Former police officer Anthony Chiaro recently filed a Notice of Claim alleging retaliation for whistleblowing on problems within the Technical Services Unit. Chiaro worked in that unit for nearly a decade and raised concerns about new equipment sitting unused for years.

Chief Kenneth McCoy is also focused on improving the department’s performance by combating street racing, reducing serious injury collisions, and opening a Real-Time Operations Center in the near future. Interviews on these topics may be scheduled for a future date.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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