San Luis Police Department’s K9 Zaza has Received Body Armor

San Luis Police Canine Zaza has been working with the department since 2010. Zaza is an eight (8) year old Belgium Shepherd, who enjoys juke toys and chasing tennis ballsZaza was the second Police Service Dog (PSD) to work for the San Luis Police Department’s Canine Unit. Prior to working as a full time dual purpose PSD, Zaza underwent numerous hours of rigorous police dog training, including narcotic/illicit drug detection and apprehension work. Zaza is also trained in locating fleeing fugitives and at the same time keep the community safe from these dangerous felons.

Over the years Zaza has worked in helping keep the City of San Luis Arizona streets safe and clean from harmful substances that damage our community.

Zaza is highly obedient and handled by her Trainer Officer Galvan. Both Zaza and Officer Galvan enjoy doing school presentations which allows students from all ages to know what a PSD does and also take part in those canine presentations.

One of Zaza’s exceptional performance seized in recent years was seizing over $200,000 dollars in cash. Zaza was also credited with helping locate approximately 12 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.

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San Luis Police Department’s Canine Zaza has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Canine Zaza’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New canines graduates, as well as canines with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement canine is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement canines throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

San Luis Police Department Launches New Website

The San Luis Police Department is updating and launching a new website which is expected to be more accessible to information and easy to use.

With this update, online visitors will be able to access additional information pertaining to case incidents, release of property and evidence, impounded vehicles, upcoming events, and programs available free of cost to the community.

The website will also have information regarding police programs such as the explorer program, police reserve program, police volunteer program and even apply online for open job positions in the San Luis Police Department.

The SLPD website will have a feature to display the content in Spanish. To display the website content in Spanish, the user will select the language option on the top, right-hand corner of the webpage.

The public will also be able to sign up for media releases sent out periodically by the department. If you would like to receive our media release by e-mail, please subscribe here.

To visit the new website, go to

San Luis Council Appoints New Chief of Police

The San Luis City Council has appointed a Chief of Police during its regular council meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Mayor Sanchez stated that “He is pleased with the Council’s selection and reiterated that with Chief Higgins, San Luis will still be one of the safest cities in Arizona.”
Craig Higgins has been selected as the new Chief of Police and officially took office Thursday, February 11, 2016. Chief Higgins comes to office with a total of 28 years of law enforcement experience. During his career, Chief Higgins has worked in managing administrative and operational activates across federal, state, local, and military environments. Chief Higgins served as a mentor and development specialist in Afghanistan and returned to Yuma, Arizona in August of 2015.
Chief Higgins is a graduate from Florida State University where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. Chief Higgins also possesses several other certifications, trainings, and executive programs.
Chief Higgins was a supervisor from 2007 to 2011 with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where he did operations within San Luis on a regular basis. Craig Higgins retired from DEA on April 2014.
Chief Higgins is proud to be serving the citizens of San Luis and intends to work closely with the community. As the Chief of Police, Chief Higgins plans to enhance the current operations and reinforce community policing. Chief Higgins can be contacted at 928-341-2420.