State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $11 million* in state and local funds to Arizona.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $3,736,439
Justice Assistance Grant Program—14 Local Awards $2,100,962
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $6,011,190

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Arizona Drug, Gang, and Violent Crime Control Program $3,736,439

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Casa Grande 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Casa Grande Community Policing Project $21,288
City of Flagstaff 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Flagstaff Police Department FY 2014 JAG Program $24,330
City of Prescott 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 SWAT Equipment Purchase to Enhance Team Safety Project $14,561
City of Tucson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $385,004
City of Yuma 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $47,553
Cochise County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $34,068
Gila River Indian Community 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Proficiency Training Supplies Project $12,994
Graham County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Gila Valley 2014 JAG Program $23,070
Hualapai Indian Tribe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Emergency Situations and Community Safety Response Training $10,752
Maricopa County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Maricopa County JAG Program $1,395,115
Mohave County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Investigative Equipment Purchase $12,441
Navajo Nation 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Navajo Justice System Change Through Assessment and Evaluation $75,150
Pinal County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Digital Evidence Extraction and Analysis Equipment Program $18,432
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $26,204

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 The Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative $374,408
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 District of Arizona FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $500,000
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 State of Arizona Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $238,479
Arizona Supreme Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 John R. Justice Grant Program $34,273
Colorado River Indian Tribes 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Community Court Project $591,291
Colorado River Indian Tribes 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Renovation and Expansion of Adult Correctional Facility $995,940
Gila River Indian Community 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Correctional Facility Security Enhancements $433,063
Maricopa County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Demonstration Project $419,170
Maricopa County Adult Probation Department 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Smart Thinking: Expanding Thinking for a Change Capacity Through Collaboration $749,998
Navajo Nation 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Assessment and Tribal Action Plan Development $74,570
Old Pueblo Community Services 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 One Step at a Time (OSAT 2014) Mentoring Program $1,000,000
Pima County Office of Medical Services (formerly DIH) 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 The Inside Out Recovery Partnership $599,998

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 96

Sworn Officers: 11,955

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 62% of the 96 law enforcement agencies in Arizona have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 81% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 18 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 20 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 2,295 officers were assaulted (4.60% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Arizona*:

Crime 2012 2013
Violent Crime 28,108 27,599
Murder and Manslaughter 358 357
Forcible Rape** 2,277 5,393
Robbery 7,386 6,702
Aggravated Assault 18,087 17,490
Property Crime 231,930 225,243
Burglary 52,934 48,533
Larceny-Theft 159,838 159,272
Motor Vehicle Theft 19,158 17,438
*Because of changes in the state/local agency’s reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years’ data.
**Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (279,551) increased 8.79% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 17.18% (9,493), and property-related arrests increased 9.27% (42,399).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Justice of the Peace Court; Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 13,538
Prisoner Releases: 12,931
Total Prisoners: 41,104

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 10
Recidivism Rate*: 42.4%
Top Offenses: Drug offense, assault, burglary/criminal tresspass (FY 2014)

Source: Arizona Department of Corrections
*An offender who returns to the custody of the department for any reason, either with a new criminal commitment or as a technical violator of release conditions.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves Arizona. There are 198 Arizona criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Arizona


In Arizona, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Understanding the impact of Byrne JAG-funded multijurisdictional task forces (MJTFs) and drug-related projects, Arizona’s implementation of MJTFs includes a tandem prosecutor component, forensic drug analysis support, and adjudication projects. Arizona’s approach to funding and monitoring its MJTFs and other drug control projects is consistent with a research-based framework that evaluates performance and effectiveness. As a result of these efforts, 5,282 drug-related arrests were made, which included seizing illicit drugs in excess of $182 million and 390 weapons. Drug prosecutors secured more than 17,000 convictions, with 51% sentenced to probation and 28% to a term of incarceration.

  • Forensic projects analyzed 14,158 samples, providing testimony 168 times in court. Adjudication project efforts resulted in 14,158 probationers served, more than 16,000 drug tests conducted, and legal services provided to more than 1,600 indigent defendants.

  • In addition, the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center, which is colocated with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, will be using Bureau of Justice Statistics funding to build the research and data infrastructure needed to inform data-driven decision-making and to implement evidence-based practices and policies.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission John A. Blackburn, Jr., Executive Director

Arizona At-A-Glance

Total Population: 6,626,624
Population Under 18: 1,616,814
Population Over 65: 1,018,862

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Arizona Department of Public Safety Frank L. Milstead, Director

Local Governments: 674
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 21
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: John S. Leonardo—District of Arizona, Phoenix Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Arizona Department of Homeland Security Gilbert M. Orrantia, Director

Drug Courts: 59
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center