Commander Rich Slavin promoted to Scottsdale Assistant Chief of Police
July 16, 2018
By Eric Newman
The Scottsdale Police Department named Commander Rich Slavin as the department’s next Assistant Chief of Police on May 27, according to a press release from the department on June 14.
The promotion fills the vacant spot left by Assistant Chief Jeff Walther, who retired from the position in May.
Slavin has a long history in Arizona, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and he completed programs at the FBI-LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives and a Scottsdale Leadership Course.
“We are excited about the promotion of Commander Slavin to Assistant Chief. He brings a wealth of law enforcement experience to the position. That experience coupled with his organizational leadership abilities makes him well suited to lead our department into the future,” Alan Rodbell, Scottsdale Police Department Chief of Police, said in the press release.
Since joining the Scottsdale Police Department in 1999, Slavin has served in a variety of roles within the department, including patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT operator and special assignments unit detective. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006, filling a variety of other roles since that time.
In addition to his wealth of knowledge amassed from his multiple positions on the force, Slavin was instrumental in creating multiple police-sponsored programs that made a difference in the community.
He worked with the Partnership with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family to establish the Scottsdale Angel Initiative, which coordinates services for locals battling opioid addiction.
He also implemented the Spanish Community Engagement Series, which offered an avenue for Spanish-speaking community members to become familiar with multiple sections of the Scottsdale Police Department.
Slavin declined comment, but Sergeant Ben Hoster, a public information officer for the Scottsdale Police Department, said Slavin’s main goal is to put forward his best efforts and assist Chief Rodbell in leading the organization into the future.
Hoster told Scottsdale Nearby News over email that having been part of the force for nearly 20 years now, Slavin has a variety of fond memories of working in Scottsdale.
“His favorite memories are the specific instances (calls) where he was able to save lives,” Hoster wrote.
In his new position, Slavin will oversee the Investigative Services, Forensic Services and Training and Internal Affairs sections. His promotion was formally recognized at the Scottsdale Police Department Awards and Promotion ceremony on June 27.
Rich Slavin was named the new Assistant Chief of Police for Scottsdale Police Department. (Photo courtesy Scottsdale Police Department)