Contact Information

PO Box 477
445 E. Main St
Somerton, AZ 85350

Mission Statement

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

Welcome to Somerton Police Department

Meet the Chief:


On behalf of the entire staff of the Somerton Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our official web site.

The Somerton Police Department is a strong proponent of Community Policing and is working to implement the philosophy department wide. We encourage our officers and staff to utilize innovative measures to accomplish long-term problem solving throughout our community. We are committed to working with every member of the community, resident or visitor, to ensure the City of Somerton continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

So please take the time to stroll through the official Somerton Police Department home on the World Wide Web.


Benjamin B. Cotman, Chief of Police
work: (928) 722-7300
fax: (928) 722-7315
e-mail: benjamincotman@somertonaz.gov


Lieutenant Michelle Magana
e-mail: michellemagana@somertonaz.gov

Message to the public

The men and women of the Somerton Police Department are proud to serve the people of Somerton. We take our duty seriously, wishing to provide the most professional service possible within our power. We look to you, the citizens, to keep us informed as to your priorities and we ask your help in making our community a better place to live. If you have any compliments or complaints do not hesitate to contact a supervisor at the police department (928) 722-7300.

Patrol Division

Sergeant Jose Garza

Sergeant Curtis Bailey

The Patrol Officers are proud to serve the people of the City of Somerton.

The Patrol Division consists of approximately 16 officers. Patrol officers have the responsibility of protecting life, property and peacefulness of the City of Somerton. Officers assigned to this division, patrol the city streets in marked and unmarked police vehicles. These officers are dispatched to incidents when such are reported by the public.


The Detective division consist of 2 detectives responsible for follow-up investigation of crimes occurring within the city limits of Somerton, and the successful prosecution of all assigned cases. Detectives are responsible for investigating and solving property crimes and crimes against persons. Detectives interact with other operational divisions and jurisdictions to address major crimes.

All Somerton Police Detectives start their career as an uniformed patrol officer and are assigned to the detective division after competitive testing and based upon the knowledge, experience and investigative ability.

The detective division is not divided into subsections. Each detective is responsible for investigating his or her assigned cases, to include burglaries, crimes against children, robbery, homicide, theft, assault, harassment, fraud, forgery, sexual assault, identity theft crimes and more.

School Resource Officer

The Somerton Police Department has sponsored a local school resource officer for almost ten years. The program currently provides an officer to the Somerton School District Middle School. The School Resource Officer’s first responsibility is law enforcement.

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.


Our communications division employs 9 full-time communication specialist and 1 part-time communication specialist. We dispatch for the City of Somerton Police and Fire Department and handle water and sewer emergencies after hours. There are always dispatchers on duty 24 hours a day, with two dispatchers always on duty between 6:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M.

Dispatch duties include, but are not limited to: Answering routine and emergency calls for service, dispatching appropriate police, fire, public works and giving emergency medical instructions over the phone, as needed; entering and retrieving information for field units from NCIC (National Crime Information Center) computer including checks for license plates and driver’s license, wants and warrants, missing person and stolen items. Dispatch also assists other departments as needed, doing data entry and filing.

When you call us for service, the dispatcher will ask you a series of questions relating to the type of service you are requesting. These questions could be extensive depending on the type of call, but be assured, the information is necessary for officer information and safety. Please stay on the line until the dispatcher terminates the call. This is especially important if you are calling reference an emergency or crime in progress. We also ask that you be patient with us we are talking on several radios to numerous police and fire department personnel, and handling numerous phone lines, including 911. We may have to put you on hold, but be assured we will get to your call as soon as possible. Hanging up and calling back only create more delays. This is especially true when calling from a cell phone.

We are here to assist you. If we do not have an answer to your question, we will make every effort, using the resources available to us, to refer you to someone who can help you.

Records Division

The records division serves as the central repository for all police reports and related records for incidents occurring inside the city limits of the City of Somerton. Information obtained from police reports is entered into a computer system. This data includes name files, information about arrests, accidents, incident reports, citations, written warnings and field interrogation.

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.


The Somerton Police Department - Explorer Program is set up as an introduction to all phases of law enforcement. This program is sponsored by the Somerton Police Deparment and the community. The program functions locally under the supervision of Somerton Police sworn personnel with the assistance of several interested adult civilians. This program is a non-profit organization.


  • male or female between the ages of 14 through 21
  • attend weekly meetings
  • must be enrolled in some form of education program: good grades<
  • oral board interview
  • pass background
  • must not have any felony convictions
  • must have strong sense of commitment and discipline

Contact Explorer Advisor for any questions