Welcome to the Somerton Police Department

Message from the Chief:

The City of Somerton Police Department would like to welcome you to our website.  It is our goal to provide the citizens we serve with professional police services and to ensure the safety and securtity of our community.  We will work hard to earn your trust and hope that you will partner with us in making the City of Somerton a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  Our department will work hard to maintain a professional relationship with State, County, Federal and local law enforcement, as well as the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department in our quest to offer you the very best in public safety.

Very truly yours,

Joseph Turitto, Intrim Chief of Police
Office: (928) 722-7300
Fax: (928) 722-7315
e-mail: josephturitto@somertonaz.gov                                           


Promotion Announcement

The City of Somerton is please to annoucne the promotion of Detective Araceli Juarez, a 15-year veteran of the department to the rank of Sergeant.  Detective/Sergeant Juarez will be supervising the day-to-day operations of the Somerton Police Department's Investigations Division.  Congratulations Detective/Sergeant Juarez!

Applications Being Accepted for Police Officer and 911 Dispatchers

The City of Somerton accepts applications for the position of Police Officer & 911 Dispatcher's on a continuous basis.  If you are interested in applying for a position with our team, please click on the link below for application information. 


Somerton Police Department Mission Statement

The Somerton Police Department is committed to provide for a safe community, by working together with our citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote public safety. We pledge excellence, integrity and loyalty to enhance the quality of life throughout our city.

Vision Statement

"Building success in our community through partnership for a better tomorrow"


Currently, the Administration Division of the Somerton Police Department consists of the Chief of Police, the Administrative Assistant and the Operations Commander.  The Somerton Police Department is currently undergoing some organizational changes to ensure our staffs accountability, responsibility and exceptional service that we strive to provide to our community.  If we can help you in any way, please feel free to call on us.

Joseph Turitto, Intrim Chief of Police
e-mail:  josephturitto@somertonaz.gov

Adeline Esquivel, Administrative Assistant
e-mail: adelineesquival@somertonaz.gov

Captain Joseph A. Turitto, Operations Commander
e-mail: josephturitto@somertonaz.gov 

Patrol Division

The Somerton Police Department is authorized for 25 sworn police officers, 15 of which are assigned to the Patrol Division.  Beginning in August of 2017, officers assigned to the Patrol Division will be assigned to 12-hour shifts with rotating days on and off, and rotating shift assignments bi-monthly.  The new 12-hour shift assignments are designed to provide for the maximum amount of police officers patrolling the city streets in an effort to provide our community with timely and exceptional service.  The Patrol Division officers are supervised and managed by the Patrol Division Captain, who oversees all patrol operations, our Reserve Officers and the Police Explorer Post.  Additionally, two Sergeants assigned to separate shifts serve as first line supervisors to assist, guide and mentor our police officers.  

All personnel assigned to the Patrol Division are responsible for handling calls for service, protecting life and property and preserving the peace in and around the City of Somerton.

Sergeant Gonzalo Gonzalez, Acting Patrol Division Supervisor
e-mail: gonzalogonzalez@somertonaz.gov

Sergeant Jose Garza, Patrol Shift Supervisor
e-mail: josegarza@somertonaz.gov

O.I.C. Jose Reyes, Officer-In-Charge
e-mail: jreyes@somertonaz.gov

Investigations Division/Special Operations/Community Relations

The Investigations, Special Operations and Community Relations Division is currently staffed by 3 members of the Somerton Police Department.  This division is supervised by Detective/Sergeant Juarez who is responsible for all criminal investigations under the jurisdiction of the City of Somerton.  Additionally, Detective/Sergeant Juarez is responsible for the supervision and management of the divisions assigned personnel which includes, the Detectives, Desk Officer, School Resource Officer, officers assigned to specialty units or task forces outside the department, and coming soon, the city's Animal Control Officers. 

Please feel free to communicate with Detective/Sergeant Juarez for any information regarding investigations and/or community relations events that are of interest to you.

Detective/Sergeant Araceli Juarez
e-mail:  aracelijuarez@somertonaz.gov

Detective Zaira Barrientos
e-mail:  zairabarrientos@somertonaz.gov

Detective Luis Ramos
e-mail:  luisramos@somertonaz.gov

School Resource Officer

The Somerton Police Department has sponsored a local school resource officer for more than ten years. The program currently provides an officer to the Somerton School District Middle School.

The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officers are involved in a variety of functions while in the school aimed at prevention. In addition to being a very actively high-profile law enforcement officer, the School Resource Officer is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Working hand in hand with the principle in school the School Resource Officer assists with finding solutions to problems facing today’s school aged children.

Officer Heriberto Madrigal, School Resource Officer
e-mail: heribertomadrigal@somertonaz.gov

911 Communications Center

Our 911 Communications Center is currently authorized for 6 full-time communication specialists’ and a Communications Supervisor. Our 911 Center provides professional dispatch services to the City of Somerton Police and Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department.  Additionally, our 911 Center takes all 911 calls for the Cocopah Tribal Police Department, working together with their dispatch to transfer calls for assistance within the Cocopah jurisdiction.  Our center has state-of-the-art equipment where we pride ourselves on working cooperatively with all our public safety partners to provide the very best in services the City of Somerton and our surrounding communities. Our 911 Communications Center is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year.

The 911 Communications Center's daily operations are supervised by the Communications Supervisor, Martha Esqueda, who reports to the Chief of Police for all communication related issues.  Supervisor Esqueda is supported by 6 communication specialist who stand ready to serve our community in a time of need.  If you have any questions regarding our 911 Communications Center, please feel free to communicate with our supervisor or any of one our communication specialists.

  Martha Esqueda, Communications Supervisor                                                    
  e-mail: marthaesqueda@somertonaz.gov





Records Division 

The Somerton Police Department Records Division serves as the central repository for all police reports and related records for incidents occurring in the jurisdiction of the City of Somerton. Information obtained from our police reports and calls for service are electronically submitted to the supervisors for approval and then merged into our permanent records data base to comply with our statutory reporting and maintenance requirements.

If you need assistance from our Records Division, it is staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Please feel free to contact the Records Manager, Dora Ballesteros, or our Records Clerk Carlos Aguirre at (928) 722-7300 during regular business hours.  For information regarding reports occurring outside of our jurisdiction, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427. For information regarding reports occurring on the surrounding highways, contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at (928) 782-1679.

Dora Ballesteros, Records Manager
e-mail: doraballesteros@somertonaz.gov

Carlos Aguirre, Records Clerk
e-mail: carlosaguirre@somertonaz.gov

Somerton Police Explorer Post #8094

The Somerton Police Department is excited and proud to host a Police Explorer program.  Our Explorer program is part of the department wide reorganization plan, where we intend to take this program to the next level.  Our newly assigned Program Coordinators, Officer Joseph Higuera and Officer Bryan Evans have taken on their new responsibility and leadership role with a great deal of enthusiasm.  Officer's Higuera and Evans, who are assisted by Reserve Officer Callaway are working to build upon our existing Explorers, while at the same time seeking new members who may be interested in a career in law enforcement.  It is our goal to provide our Explorers with a positive work environment and exceptional roles models as they work towards their ultimate career goals.   

The Somerton Police Department is currently recruiting new members who are interested in joining our team.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this outstanding organization, lead by two highly motivated coordinators, please contact us. This program is a non-profit organization.

Officer Joseph Higuera, Program Coordinator
e-mail: josephhiguera@somertonaz.gov

Officer Bryan Evans, Program Coordinator
e-mail: brianevans@somertonaz.gov


  • Male or female between the ages of 14 through 21
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Must be enrolled in some form of education program
  • Must maintain a passing GPA
  • Oral board interview
  • Pass a comprehensive background
  • Must not have any felony convictions and no negative police contacts
  • Must have strong sense of commitment and discipline



Contact Information 

Somerton Police Department

445 E. Main Street

P.O. Box 477

Somerton, Arizona 85350

Emergency:  911

Non-Emergency: (928) 722-7300

Fax: (928) 722-7315

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