Scott Popp named Scottsdale assistant chief of police

The Scottsdale Police Department has announce the promotion of Police Cmdr. Scott Popp to the rank of assistant chief.

Scott Popp

Scott Popp

The effective date of the promotion was March 8, according to a press release.

Chief Popp fills the spot vacated by Assistant Chief John Cocca, who served in the position for 14 years before taking the position as director of the Arizona Department of Liquor in February, the release states.

Chief Popp hails from Wisconsin where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Additionally, he received a masters of education, educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has two children.

Chief Popp joined the Scottsdale Police Department in 1990. He served as a patrol officer, youth intervention unit detective and violent crimes unit detective, the release states.

In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. As a sergeant he worked as a supervisor in patrol, internal affairs, sex crimes and domestic violence units. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center.

In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. As lieutenant, Cheif Popp served as a citywide watch commander, patrol enforcement section lieutenant, persons crimes section lieutenant, director of the Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center as well as SWAT lieutenant.

In 2006, Popp was promoted to commander. In that position, he served as district commander for the south portion of the city, investigations commander and commander over the special operations section.

“We are very excited about the promotion of Cmdr. Popp to assistant chief. He brings a wealth of experience and organizational leadership to the position” said Chief Alan Rodbell, Scottsdale Police Department chief of police.

Assistant Chief Popp will oversee the investigative, forensic services, training and internal affairs sections in his new role. His promotion will be formally recognized at the Scottsdale Police Department Promotion Ceremony being held on April 22, the release states.

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