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Police Department


The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside's Chief of Police, Ron Wheeler, and the entire staff of the department welcome you to the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department's Home Page on the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside Website.

The department was formed in July of 1985 to serve and protect the citizens and visitors to Pinetop-Lakeside. Located in the heart of the White Mountains of Arizona, the Town enjoys all four seasons of the year and draws visitors on a year-round basis.

The police department's mission is to provide an atmosphere wherein the Citizens and Visitors can “Celebrate the Seasons” in a safe and secure environment whether they live, work, or play in our community.

The Vision of the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department

We will develop our people both professionally, and personally, to ensure a high level of skill, knowledge, and ability, with the commitment to promote “Community Before Self.”

Chief Wheeler

Ron Wheeler now serves as the Chief of Police for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. Chief Wheeler comes to the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department from the City of Sedona Police Department, where he spent 11 years and was promoted to Commander in 2006. During his career as Commander, his areas of command included Field Operations, and Support Services Divisions. These assignments provided him experience working with sworn and civilian employees, a diverse group of police volunteers, direct contacts with visitors and citizens of the community, community groups, and business leaders.

Chief Wheeler holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (summa cum laude). He also graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety “School of Police Staff and Command” (Class 242), the FBI National Academy (Class 232), and the International Chiefs of Police “Leadership in Police Organizations” (Class 13). He currently lives in Pinetop-Lakeside with his wife Leigh and dog “Scooter.”

Chief Wheeler is on the executive board of the Arizona State Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and his professional memberships also include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. He has served on the board of directors of the Verde Valley Sanctuary, a shelter for domestic violence survivors, for the last 9 years prior to leaving the Verde Valley area. In 2010, he has received a Medal of Valour, and Life Saving Award, for actions taken by him and two of his officers during a “micro burst” storm that resulted in the rescue of three people trapped in swift moving waters.

“I have 27 years of experience in public service and a solid working knowledge of public safety operations. I possess strong initiative and exceptional communication skills. Combined with my ability to work well under pressure, I can make a substantial contribution to the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department and the community it serves.” I will worked harmoniously with Pinetop-Lakeside Police personnel and other Town of Pinetop-Lakeside departments to plan and implement new programs benefiting not only the police department, but coordinating town departments, and residents and visitors in our community, to ensure we all can “Celebrate the Seasons,” Safely.


Welcome to the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department's Field Operations Division. The Division is supervised by a Lieutenant David Sergeant and is staffed to provide 24 hour, seven-day a week protection for the citizens and visitors of this community by providing a safer environment and serving the communities public safety needs. The division staff provides patrol services, K-9 operations, and participates in numerous multi-agency task forces including the White Mountain DUI Task Force.

Dave Sargent

Commander David Sargent is a 23 year veteran of law enforcement.In 2013 he was promoted to Commander. In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Field Operations Commander. David certified as Drug Recognition Expert in 1996, and started the department’s DRE and Phlebotomy Programs. He co-founded the White Mountain DUI Task Force in 2004, and currently serves as its PIO. 

Commander Sargent has attended the International Association of Chief’s of Police “Leadership in Police Organizations” (Class 13). He attended the 14th session of the FBI Executive Development Supervisory Leadership Institute, 2010 Utah County SWAT School “Hell Week”, and has received several citations and commendations for his efforts in law enforcement.

Commander Sargent serves as Tactical Medic and Sniper (with a rating of Distinguished Expert with the .308 platform), with Show Low Regional Special Response Team (SRT).  In 2009, he conducted a study with other police snipers to determine ballistic abilities vs. a hostage taker aboard a school bus. That study was published in Bus Transportation News”. He completed a critique for Prentice Hall publishing company regarding their recent revision of their publication “Tactical Emergency Care”. David worked with Blue Ridge School District to develop a standardized contingency plan for critical incidents at the school.

Commander Sargent holds several Instructor Certifications. Among other things, he teaches as a Drug Recognition Expert, a presenter for the Junior Leadership Academy, Show Low’s Citizen’s Academy, provides Professional In-service training, and is the Patrol Operations Lead Instructor for Northland Pioneer College’s Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The Bureau is also supplemented by a number of volunteers who participate in the department's Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program who add to the eyes and ears of the department and assist in many non-hazardous areas where a sworn officer is not required.

The Police Department is always looking for individuals who are interested in participating in the Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in this valuable program, please contact the Police Administrative Office at (928) 368-8803.


Welcome to the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Departments Support Services Division. The Division is supervised by Commander Dan Barnes, and provides non-patrol type functions including Investigations, Communications, Records Management, Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) Detectives, and Property and Evidence Management.

Lt. Dan

Commander Barnes has served in law enforcement for 17 years and came to the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department after working with the Pinal and Navajo County, AZ, Sheriff’s Offices.  He has been with the department since 2003 and was promoted to Commander in 2013.  He has worked in a variety of positions in both the Field Operations and Support Services Divisions.

Commander Barnes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 241), and the International Chiefs of Police “Leadership in Police Organizations” (Class 8).  He holds professional memberships with the International Chiefs of Police, and the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association. He has received specialized training and developed skills in supervision, accident reconstruction, criminal investigations, property and evidence management, records management, training and hiring, facilities and fleet maintenance, information technologies, and radio communications.

“It has been a pleasure working with the police department and the community of Pinetop-Lakeside.  I look forward to many more years of ongoing service that supports police operations, the citizens, business owners, and community relations in Pinetop-Lakeside and surrounding areas.  My wife Debbie and I moved to the area with our kids in 2000.  My daughter is married and still lives in the area.  My son is currently serving in the United States Army on the east coast and works in communications. He served his country in Afghanistan in 2012.”



The Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, (C.I.D.) is responsible for the follow up investigations of reported crimes and incidents that are usually generated through the initial reporting of a crime to a Uniformed Patrol Officer. Members of the C.I.D. are on a 24 hour, seven-day call out status for response to major crimes, homicide, robbery, major burglaries, etc. The C.I.D. uses many current crime scene protocols in the investigation and solving of crimes, such as crime scene photography-both still and video, latent print examination and collection, forensic impression examination and collection, and electronic surveillance. The C.I.D. has had a very successful conviction rate on crimes ranging from homicide, sexual assault, armed robberies, and drug cases, to white-collar crimes. To find out more about Sex Offenders in the State of Arizona, visit the Arizona Sex Offenders web site.


The Communications Center for the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department is supervised by Rebecca Brown, and is a PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) that works in tandem with local, statewide and national law enforcement agencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rebecca Brown

Communications personnel dispatch for the police department, two fire districts and handle all 911 and public calls for assistance. Once it is determined what type of assistance is needed, they dispatch the appropriate agency. Each dispatcher leaves their shift with the satisfaction that, as first contact with the public, they play a vital role in providing for officer and public safety for the community.

The Records Division serves as the central repository for all police reports and related records. The Records Division is also responsible for maintaining department records for the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) which holds criminal histories and individual records which are maintained by Department of Public Safety (DPS) who requires each department have a System Security Officer (SSO) that acts as a liaison between the agency and the CJIS system. Records are responsible for reporting monthly statistical reports which are reported to the FBI for tracking crime. Records personnel also assist the Communications Center with lobby traffic, phone calls, and radio communication traffic.


The Police Department provides animal control to the citizens of Pinetop-Lakeside. The responsibility of the Animal Control Officer is to provide the citizens of Pinetop-Lakeside with courteous, efficient, effective animal control. The duties of the Animal Control Officer are to control dogs at large, to insure that dogs are licensed and have the proper vaccination tags. The Animal Control Officer is also charged with the responsibility to enforce the quarantine regulations and work with the State Health Service laboratory to insure a safe environment for the citizens and visitors of Pinetop-Lakeside.


Administrative duties for the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department are coordinated through Linda Walker. All inquiries relating to the Police Chief's schedule, vehicle impound hearings, employment, financial issues, purchases, and billing, can be addressed by contacting Linda Walker at 928.368.8803, or by e-mail at lwalker@ci.pinetop-lakeside.az.us

Linda Walker

The Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department Public Information Center telephone number is (928) 368-5500. Calling this number allows the caller to receive up-to-date information that is relevant to Town citizens and visitors concerning emergencies, weather and road conditions, or a public service announcement. The number can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

K9 Falco

DUI Task Force
2013 Memorial Day Multi Agency DUI Detail


Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department
1360 N. Niels Hansen Lane
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85929
Emergency 9-1-1
Non-Emergency Police Dispatch (928) 368-8800
Administrative Office (928) 368-8803 (Chief of Police, Impounds, Alarm Billing)
FAX (928) 368-8814
TDD (928) 368-8802
Public Information Center Recording (928) 368-5500 (Weather related issues & special events)


May 7, 2013 Board Meeting, May 7, 2013 Legal Action, May 7, 2013
June 13, 2012 Board Meeting June 13, 2012 Legal Action June 13, 2012
May 19, 2011 Board Meeting May 19, 2011 Legal Action May 19, 2011
October 4, 2010 Board Meeting October 4, 2010 Legal Action October 4, 2010
January 12, 2010 Board Meeting January 12, 2010 Legal Action January 12, 2010
January 13, 2009 Board Meeting January 13, 2009 Legal Action January 13, 2009
November 25, 2008 Board Meeting November 25, 2008 Legal Action November 25, 2008
August 5, 2008 Board Meeting August 5, 2008 Legal Action August 5, 2008
June 27, 2008 Training No Legal Action taken
April 28, 2008 Board Meeting April 28, 2008 Legal Action April 28, 2008




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