Today In Surprise

Posted on: April 23, 2018

Volunteer for Surprise Day of Service on May 12

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Looking for an opportunity to help your community? The City of Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Surprise Day of Service event on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. - Noon!On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, locat...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

City offering Recreation Day Camp at Sierra Montana Recreation Center

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With the possibility of school closures later this week, the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department will be offering a Recreation Day Camp. 

The camp will start on Thursday, April 26, and continue as needed through the durat...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Call to artists! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

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The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.The size of the pedestal is 55” L x 55” W x 34” H.To see the complete Request ...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Join us for Surprise Safety Day on May 5

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Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day on Saturday, May 5!Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air h...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Check out a new episode of Surprise Progress TV for a recap of 2018 State of the City, info on the FY2019 City Manager’s Recommended Budget, Surprise Retail Survey results, summer sports camps and more!

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

2018 Surprise Retail Survey Results are in!

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The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March asking the community to vote for their favorite locally-owned businesses; both their top restaurant and top retailer. In just three weeks, the survey garnered more than 3,000 responses!Congratulations...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

FY2019 Recommended Budget focuses on safety

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Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Manager Recommended Budget to City Council at Tuesday’s Work Session, that is built on the foundation of safety- for residents; city infrastructure/technology; and the city...

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

2018 State of the City Address is future-focused

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Growing a downtown, building community wealth, enhancing public transit via autonomous vehicle options and highlighting ways to maintain a Connected Surprise, were all addressed in Mayor Sharon Wolcott’s 2018 State of the City speech, Monday night from We...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Surprise public transit study continues; public meetings planned for later this year

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Although the Transit Feasibility Survey is closed, there are other opportunities for you to be involved in deciding the future of public transportation in Surprise.In addition to the online public comment form, two community engagement and education oppor...

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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Free Classes: Wills vs Trusts and Estate Planning

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The city is hosting free classes on Wills vs. Trusts and Estate Planning.May 1 – Wills vs. TrustsMost American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reasons....

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Local youth invited to compete in MLB Pitch, Hit and Run & Jr. Home Run Derby competitions

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The City of Surprise will host both a Major League Baseball Jr. Home Run Derby and a Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on April 21! 

MLB Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball...

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

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The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.The following classes are now open for registration:Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to le...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Registration open for youth summer basketball league and sports camps

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The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is currently offering registration for the following summer sports programs:Summer Youth Basketball League: Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15. The summer basketball...

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on the 2019 budget building process, the first bond sale related to the GO Bond Election, the upcoming State of the City Address, info on grants for small business owners and more!

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

S&P upgrades city’s GO Bond rating as Council authorizes first Decide Surprise Bond sale

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The Surprise City Council authorized staff to proceed with the first bond sale related to the General Obligation Bond Election approved by voters last fall. 

Tuesday night’s vote coincided with Standard and Poor’s (S&P) upg...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Surprise Senior Services hosts Seniors Prom May 1

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Get your dancing shoes ready because the City of Surprise Seniors Prom is happening on Tuesday, May 1!

“Starry Night” is the theme for this year’s annual Seniors Prom, which will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. –...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Surprise TV website boasts new layout, smart device compatible design

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Surprise TV, the official channel of the City of Surprise, has a new website with responsive design making it easier for you to watch shows on all your devices!The new layout features a user-friendly schedule guide and recent videos are easily located on ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

City to award three $20k Micro-enterprise Grants to eligible Surprise businesses

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Applications are currently being accepted for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Micro-enterprise Grant.Under the 2017-2018 CDBG program funding, Micro-enterprise Grant funds were set aside to support innovative small businesses licensed within ...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

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After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce  its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).InBIA reco...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Meet Surprise Spring Training’s volunteer team – The Surprise Sundancers!

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Did you know it takes about 200 volunteers each Surprise Spring Training game to create the ultimate fan experience? 

The Surprise Sundancers are the official volunteer organization for the city’s Spring Training activities and other special event...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Vote on Surprise’s water future! New info added to website, public meeting dates set

Today in Surprise Water Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and inv...

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

City of Surprise builds family a home through grant program

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It was a day of celebration in Surprise as city officials handed a local family the keys to their newly-constructed 1,300 square foot home yesterday!Yolanda and Manuel Diaz, residents of the Surprise since 1985, were approved for home replacement under th...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

Council approves new sign code with increased options for permanent & temporary signage

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Last night, City Council voted to approve a new City Code Chapter 113, which addresses signage. The update aims to balance business needs with aesthetics, while meeting the requirements of law.Under the new code, Businesses will have increased options for...

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Posted on: March 5, 2018

City opens summer job program for teens; apply by April 5

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The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19.Through the City Council-approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 20 hours a ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Free Classes: Wills vs Trusts and Estate Planning

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The city is hosting free classes on Wills vs. Trusts and Estate Planning.April 3 – Wills vs. TrustsMost American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reason...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Surprise Stadium ranked #1 AZ Spring Training Stadium by USA TODAY

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Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City royals, has been ranked the No. 1 Spring Training stadium in Arizona by USA TODAY!The newspaper conducted a study of online fan reviews to create scores for all 23 spring training...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

Police investigating trespassing at Ottawa University campus in Surprise; investigation continues

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Surprise Police have identified the suspect in this morning’s trespassing incident at Ottawa University, as 31-year old Steven Ziya. 

Ziya, a resident of Sun City, is being booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of trespassing,...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

Registration open for Special Interest Classes – dance, fitness, music, pet CPR & more

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The city of Surprise has opened registration for spring session Special Interest Classes, including: Pet First Aid and CPR, Low Impact Strength & Conditioning, Aqua Aerobics, Dance, Gymnastics and more!Special Interest Classes are available for ages 2...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

City sets plans to honor former CRS Director Coronado

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The Surprise City Council, Tuesday night, agreed to recognize the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado's service to Surprise in the following ways: 

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial ...
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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Funding released for Decide Surprise bond projects

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Design work and some land acquisition deals can commence on several of the Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Projects, following City Council’s action Tuesday night. 

City Council approved the authorization for staff to spend $5,05...

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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Sex offender notifications are up to date

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Please read Chief Young's update on city's notification process.

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Council appoints Hayden to serve District 2

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The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting. 

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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Public input online for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

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All comments submitted to the City Clerk during the public input period, January 23 – January 30, have been posted to www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk. 

The applicants (read complete applications) listed below were interviewed by the City Co...

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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Former Canadian Prime Minister to visit Surprise, speak on city’s Canadian Healthcare Initiative

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The City of Surprise will welcome The Right Honourable John N. Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada, next week. Mr. Turner plans to speak to City Council about Surprise’s efforts to expand healthcare services to Canadians who visit or reside in...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Say it, Surprise! National Citizens Survey coming soon

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What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown?

You can share your thoughts in the 2018 National Citizens Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us in this survey h...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

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The public input period for the applicants seeking the District 2 Council appointment is open through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m.

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

Public comments can be received by:

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancies

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following  Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.   

  • Municipal Property Corporation  - 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission (Hotel Representativ...
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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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In early December 2017 the Surprise Police Department became aware of a situation regarding our processes for sex offender community notifications. It was discovered that during calendar years 2016 and 2017 there were a total of 22 community notifications...

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Posted on: January 26, 2018

New 2018 bat rule change for Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball

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Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball have new bat requirements. As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. You can visit usabat.com for a list of approved bats.    Cal Ripken Baseball Divisions for ages 7-12 -...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

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Seven residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17. 

The following applicants (read complet...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

City Council names Remley Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Ma...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

City releases procurement schedule for Decide Surprise bond projects

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The city of Surprise has released the anticipated procurement schedule for some of the bond projects approved by voters last November. 

The advertisement for Design-Build Professional Services for the Public Works Operations Facility will open Feb...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Task Force to send options to Council for ways to honor former CRS Director

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At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s January 9th meeting, the group reviewed previously discussed options, with identified approximate costs, for ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Ma...

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Posted on: January 2, 2018

City accepting applications for D2 council seat vacated by death of Hayden

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The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 2 (Cottonwood) due to the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

All applicants must reside within the District 2 district boundaries. The term expiration for t...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

City announces the passing of Councilmember Jim Hayden

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District 2 Councilmember Jim Hayden passed away this afternoon, following a short illness. 

Hayden was first appointed by the Surprise City Council to serve out the remainder of the term for the District 2 council seat in October 2016.  T...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department awarded 2018 GOHS grants

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The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) recently awarded the Surprise Fire-Medical Department two grants totaling $16,030.The GOHS grants will provide 50 occupant protection devices (car seats) as well as associated safety brochures. These ...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical awarded Mechanical CPR Device from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently awarded the Surprise Fire-Medical Department a Mechanical CPR Device valued at $14,340. This important safety equipment will be installed on the fire department’s primary ambulance response unit M...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Task Force narrows options to honor former CRS Director; requests cost analysis

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At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s December 14th meeting, the group reviewed all public recommendations they received identifying ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

CALL OF ELECTION

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Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)

Offices to be fill...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Council sends Water Company acquisition to voters on May ballot

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Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. City Council approved sending the question to ballot at their November 7th Regular Meeting. 

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

D4 meeting open to all residents for discussion on future OTS projects

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Residents from across the city are invited to attend the next District 4 Community Meeting to discuss proposed improvement projects in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS). 

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m., at ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

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The City of Surprise took home some great honors at Thursday night's Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards! 

Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover was awarded Westmarc’s President’s Choice Award for his leaders...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

City’s innovative risk management program earns national recognition

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A fresh approach to workers’ compensation at City of Surprise has resulted in a significant decrease in medical costs and lost work days and earned the city’s Risk Management team national recognition!The team captured Honorable Mention in the 2017 Theodo...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

City launches opioid addiction resource website; supports other initiatives

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It’s no secret that opioid abuse in the United States has become a national crisis, and while many people think it’s only about the use of illegal drugs (heroin), there is an increase in people becoming addicted to opioid-based pain killers (fentanyl and ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Surprise special events team wins multiple APS AzTEC Awards

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The Surprise Community and Recreation Services Special Events team was awarded gold and silver in multiple categories on October 19 at the 23rd Annual APS Arizona Talent in Event Concepts Awards Competition.Each year, the APS AzTEC Award competition, endo...

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

City of Surprise wins statewide Economic Development awards

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department won two Golden Prospector awards at Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) fall conference.The AAED Golden Prospector awards encourage and recognize excellence in economic development state...

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex offers All Access Pass for Kids 7-10

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The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department and the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Net Generation initiative, is now offering an ALL ACCESS PASS for ki...

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Posted on: October 17, 2017

City recognized as a Veteran Supportive Employer and Community

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The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) has designated the city of Surprise an Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer & City! 

The news was announced at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. 

The city’s Public Saf...

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Posted on: October 9, 2017

Task Force to research way to honor long-time CRS Director Mark A. Coronado

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Recognizing that the City of Surprise rests on the shoulders of great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of our city; the Surprise City Council has adopted a policy to create an Ad-Hoc “Honoring an Exceptiona...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department receives AHA’s Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott receives Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than...

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Surprise named Global City of the Year

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The City of Surprise has been recognized by the Global Chamber of Phoenix as the Global Business City of the Year at the organization’s annual Grow Globally Fair. 

The annual awards event held recognizes metro Phoenix-based individuals, organizati...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

Municipal Property Corporation - 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immedi...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

City participates in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Idea Accelerator” Workshop

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Through the nationwide Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, the city of Surprise was selected to host an all-day visioning workshop to discuss the future of City Center.

The purpose of the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge is to explore bold and innovative...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services receives National Accreditation

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The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has received accreditation by the National Recreation and Parks Association.  The Association recognized Surprise’s efforts to provide high quality parks and recreation services ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Council appoints Duffy to fill D3 vacancy

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The Surprise City Council approved the appointment of Patrick Duffy to represent the residents of District 3 at their Tuesday night Regular Council Meeting. 

Duffy replaces John Williams, who resigned from Council on August 15, 2017.

Duffy is a Fin...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

City Manager selects Kendra Pettis to lead new Sports & Tourism Department

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City Manager Bob Wingenroth has selected Kendra Pettis to serve as the director of the new Sports and Tourism Department.

Kendra joined the city’s Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Department in 2005 as the Sports Tourism and Special Events Coordinat...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Surprise Economic Development Team Wins Three International Awards

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The Surprise Economic Development team won three international awards on September 19 at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development prog...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

City’s Lock It or Lose It campaign wins national award

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An important community safety message is now award-winning! The City of Surprise Lock It or Lose It took top honors at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards, held last week in Seattle,...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

City’s annual Pavement Preservation Program kicks off

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The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicks off its annual Pavement Preservation Program this week.

This annual program identifies city streets to receive appropriate applications to lengthen the lifetime of the street surface. The approved budgeted...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Council oks temporary sign policy, as work continues to update permanent code

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The City Council approved an updated Temporary Sign Policy for the city, at their Tuesday Regular Meeting. 

The intent of the policy is to better align with the current needs of businesses and residents and temporarily waives the Surprise City Cod...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Hollyhock Library to extend hours of operation, funding support from local charitable organizations

Councilmembers and CRS staff receive funds from Friends of the Surprise Libraries

The City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District are excited to offer extended operating hours for the Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 N Hollyhock Street.   

In response to the recommendations provided through the recent libr...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Seven apply for D3 seat; Council interviews on Sept. 5

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The Surprise City Council will meet to interview the seven applicants seeking the vacant District 3 council seat in a Special Meeting, September 5, at 3 p.m., in City Hall- Council Chambers.

The names of those who filed their applicants by the 5 p.m., Augu...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

City to honor Dick McComb in park renaming event

Dick McComb City Park

Following City Council's direction to honor the city's longest-tenured City Manager Dick McComb (1990 - 2000), the city will officially rename Surprise Farms Community Park, to Dick McComb City Park, at a public ceremony, Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m....

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

District 3’s Williams resigns from Council

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District 3 Councilmember John Williams on Tuesday, submitted a letter of resignation from the City Council effectively immediately.

Williams was first elected to the City Council in November 2007. He was re-elected last fall to begin a new four-year team J...

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

City Council Meetings get “social” with live Facebook streaming

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The city is launching a new way for residents to connect to what’s happening in their community! Beginning, August 15, all City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page.

For 13 years t...

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Posted on: August 8, 2017

New Explore Surprise Video

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Have you ever wondered how Surprise got its name? That answer and more in this edition of Explore Surprise - where we take a look at the city's history!

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

FY18 Pavement Preservation Plans

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In Surprise, our streets matter! See what streets are in line for maintenance in FY18! Spending $1 on pavement preservation today eliminates/delays spending $6 to $14 on major reconstruction costs.

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Donna Miller named CRS Director

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Donna Miller has been promoted to serve as the city’s Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director, City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced today. 

Miller joined the CRS team in 2002 as a Recreation Coordinator and rose to the rank of ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

New Progress Magazine Available Online Now!

Surprise Progress Magazine Summer 2017

Check your mailbox for the summer issue of Progress Magazine – arriving soon; or read it online now! It has bond election details, the summer calendar & info on new transit options in Surprise.

View Summer Progress Magazine City of Surprise News
Posted on: June 20, 2017

US-Canada cross-border healthcare initiative debuts in Surprise

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Surprise, Arizona could be the next top destination for Canadian medical travel. In the June 20th Surprise City Council Work Session, guest speaker Marc Kealey, CEO of Kealey & Associates in Toronto, Canada co-presented with Surprise Economic Developm...

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department graduates eight recruits; including five funded with federal grant

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On Friday, June 16, eight Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) Firefighter Recruits graduated from the Phoenix Regional Fire Training Academy, Class 17-1, as Firefighters. Five of the recruits were hired from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency ...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Surprise Youth Spark Solutions at Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

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Youthful innovation was on display June 9 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 4th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Sixteen students from Paradise Honors, Shadow Ridge, and Valley Vista high schools worked in team...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

City announces the passing of Mark Coronado

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Long-time Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado passed away, today. He was 59.

Mark was hired by the City of Surprise in 2000 to lead the CRS Department, which was a three-person team at the time. Under Mark’s leadersh...

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Council oks FY18 budget that maintains services & property tax rate

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The Surprise City Council approved a $275.8 million Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, at a Special Meeting Tuesday night.

The budget maintains existing city services and identifies creative options to maximize some resources. 

That includes securing outside...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Surprise named a national finalist for 2017 America’s Best Intergenerational Community Award

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 The City of Surprise has been selected as a National Finalist for the 2017 MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. 

Since 2012, the awards program has recognized 24 innovative ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Council briefed on possible General Obligation Bond questions; Call to Election vote set for June 6

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City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at Tuesday’s Work Session. 

The three proposed questions and projects, as p...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING NOTICE OF TAX INCREASE

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IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 42-17107, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, THE CITY OF SURPRISE IS NOTIFYING ITS PROPERTY TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF SURPRISE’S INTENTION TO RAISE ITS PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES OVER LAST YEAR’S LEVEL. THE CITY OF SURPRIS...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Voters ok bonds to build 10 projects

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Voters have approved general obligation funding for projects related to Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, according to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Question #1: Voters in S...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

City to award three $20k Micro-enterprise Grants to eligible Surprise businesses

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Applications are currently being accepted for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Micro-enterprise Grant.Under the 2017-2018 CDBG program funding, Micro-enterprise Grant funds were set aside to support innovative small businesses licensed within ...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

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After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce  its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).InBIA reco...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

LGE completes Milam Glass HQ in Surprise

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The LGE team served triple-duty as the developer, architect and general contractor for the new $2.7 million headquarters for Milam Glass.

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

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The City of Surprise took home some great honors at Thursday night's Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards! 

Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover was awarded Westmarc’s President’s Choice Award for his leadership and contribution to the We...

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Posted on: April 5, 2017

Economic Development Community Profile

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The City of Surprise Community Profile offers information about who we are demographically, our business services, transportation options, key development areas and more.

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Surprise named Global City of the Year

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The City of Surprise has been recognized by the Global Chamber of Phoenix as the Global Business City of the Year at the organization’s annual Grow Globally Fair. 

The annual awards event held recognizes metro Phoenix-based individuals, organizati...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Surprise Economic Development Team Wins Three International Awards

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The Surprise Economic Development team won three international awards on September 19 at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development prog...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

MedProperties Holding and Caddis form JV to develop behavioral health hospital

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MedProperties Holdings and Caddis formed a joint venture to develop a 67,566 square foot, 90-bed hospital in Surprise, Ariz. to meet the growing demand for behavioral healthcare services for adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

JLL will lease Skyway Commons — new spec industrial project

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The Phoenix office of JLL has earned the leasing assignment for Phase I of Skyway Commons, a fully speculative new Class A industrial project that has broken ground in the northwest Phoenix submarket. Totaling 110,221 square feet, Skyway Commons Phase I i...

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

US-Canada cross-border healthcare initiative debuts in Surprise

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Surprise, Arizona could be the next top destination for Canadian medical travel. In the June 20th Surprise City Council Work Session, guest speaker Marc Kealey, CEO of Kealey & Associates in Toronto, Canada co-presented with Surprise Economic Developm...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

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80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Have your car seat inspected!

Child safety seat inspections are available every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month at Fire Station 303 at 15440 N. Cotton Lane from 9-11 a.m.

Call 623.222.5000 to sc...

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Fire-Medical Department News
Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is not accepting applications at the moment. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information. You may also submit a "Job Interest Card" with Human ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department receives AHA’s Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott receives Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than...

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department graduates eight recruits; including five funded with federal grant

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On Friday, June 16, eight Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) Firefighter Recruits graduated from the Phoenix Regional Fire Training Academy, Class 17-1, as Firefighters. Five of the recruits were hired from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency ...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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At the November 17th, 2015 Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Resolution 2015 – 108 which authorized an updated user fee schedule citywide to include the following updated fees for the Surprise Fire Medical Department to be effective immediately: R...

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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Sex offender notifications are up to date

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Please read Chief Young's update on city's notification process.

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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In early December 2017 the Surprise Police Department became aware of a situation regarding our processes for sex offender community notifications. It was discovered that during calendar years 2016 and 2017 there were a total of 22 community notifications...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program

The Surprise Police Department recognizes the dangers associated with prescription medication abuse and the link it has to illegal drug abuse. Rose, the Department’s therapy dog, has seen first-paw the negative impact that substance abuse can have on fami...Read more...

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