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Loveland police chief takes Arizona job

The city of Prescott Valley, Arizona said Ticer will start his new post on April 11.

LOVELAND, Colo. — Loveland Police Chief Bob Ticer has been chosen as the next police chief of Prescott Valley, Arizona, that city announced Monday

Ticer will join the department April 11. 

Ticer worked for the Prescott Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety before coming to Colorado. He served as police chief in Avon, Colorado before taking his current job in 2016. 

"I am very proud of the successes that we had during my tenure as chief of police for our community and our department over the last six years," Ticer said in a statement released Tuesday. "I am proud that we were able to strengthen staffing levels and benefits for our officers while providing state of the art equipment, to include sport utility vehicles for patrol and body worn cameras to better serve our community.  These opportunities and partnerships provided a mechanism to put more police officers into our schools to protect our children and staff."

"I wish to thank the community and professional members of Loveland PD who focused on our mission to reduce crime and increase traffic safety through a smart data driven approach," Ticer added.  "This philosophy allowed our agency, working together with the community, to significantly decrease crimes and traffic crashes in Loveland, which was a top priority. For that I am most grateful and proud of."

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The Loveland Police Department gained national attention in April 2021, when body camera footage was released showing the 2020 arrest of Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia. Garner suffered shoulder and arm injuries and was held for five hours without treatment.

Garner's family filed a federal lawsuit over the arrest, which the city and the family settled for $3 million in September. Less than a week later, some Loveland residents called for Ticer to step down. Ticer said he had no plans to resign.

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The Loveland Police Department said they are working on transition plans, including announcing an acting police chief and identifying a third-party recruitment firm to help with the hiring process.

"I want to extend my deep appreciation to Chief Ticer for his nearly six years of leadership, stewardship and vision for Loveland. We wish him the best in his new role," Loveland City Manager Steve Adams said in a statement. “As for the Loveland community, we will build upon recent progress in strengthening trust in our police department. Your Loveland Police Department remains one of my top priorities.”

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