Jeff Mockbee joined the Tucson Police Department in July 1997 when he entered the police academy. Upon his graduation, he was assigned to Field Training in TPD’s Operations Division South. Jeff successfully completed his probationary year there as a rookie police officer and was later awarded permanent status with the TPD in July 1998. Jeff remained in ODS and proudly served the south side of Tucson until the summer of 2000, when he was appointed to serve as an Academy Class Counselor for brand new police recruit officers.
Then later that same summer, Jeff was transferred to his first special assignment, which was the School Resource Officer program. There Jeff worked with many youngsters, who attend our public schools in an attempt to build positive long lasting relationships. From a review of his personnel jacket, Jeff received many accolades from youth and staff members at the schools he served in. Further, in March 3, 2001, Jeff received notable recognition from his Division Commander for taking charge of a potentially deadly situation at Safford Elementary School. That day, work crews struck and ruptured a high-pressure natural gas line on the grounds, which immediately placed all 750 children and staff at risk. An administrator at the school commented that Jeff’s “presence and cool headedness were instrumental in the quick and safe evacuation of the school.”
Thereafter, Jeff continued to work hard and improve upon his craft, by successfully completing courses of instruction at Hostage Negotiations, General Instructor and Basic Detective School, Forensic Interview and Death Investigation schools. Jeff was then promoted to the rank of Police Detective in October 2003, where he served in the Violent Crimes and Internal Affairs Sections.
In April 2007, Jeff was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and he currently serves the TPD by supervising field personnel in the Operations Division South.
The above is who Jeff is on paper, but what is not on paper is the sheer amount of people he has personally touched through his years serving as Chaplain for the TPD. Jeff is recognized and licensed minister and he has tirelessly volunteered to help police department family and friends through many difficult times. He has personally officiated many funerals for department members and well as been deeply involved with grieving survivors during those times where TPD has experienced a line of duty death and or other serious critical incident involving police department members and families. In short, Jeff spends each of his days looking out for others who may be in need or distress and he does it in a very low-key, unassuming and unsung manner.