Chris Dowell

Patrol Division
Title: Patrol Commander
Phone: 928-634-4246 ex. 2270

Christopher Dowell is an accomplished former United States Army, Sergeant First Class, Military Police Officer who served for eight years as on active duty. After 9/11 he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and served in an additional six years. He has provided leadership, instruction, and supervision in a large array of assignments including physical security, patrol operations, combat operations and institutional training.

Christopher served 20 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office achieving the rank of Lieutenant. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, he provided law enforcement services, instruction, and supervision in a myriad of assignments including lake patrol, dive team, mounted unit, narcotics, SWAT, detectives, DUI Task Force, audit and inspections, court compliance and grant administrator.

As a Lieutenant with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he served as a Deputy Commander/ Commander with assignments in patrol, SWAT, narcotics, and as a law enforcement auditor/ inspector. While serving as a district commander his responsibilities included acting as the Town of Youngtown Police Chief (Contract Municipality).

After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, him and his wife made the decision to bring his family back to Yavapai County to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a close nit community. His wife is originally from Cottonwood and his family lived in Cottonwood, the Verde Valley and Prescott in the 50’s and 60’s.

In August of 2017 Christopher was hired by the Cottonwood Police Department as a Police Officer. Since being hired with Cottonwood he has served as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, K-9 Handler, Terrorism Liaison Officer and Patrol Supervisor.

He is a graduate of numerous U.S. Army leadership schools as well as the DEA/Arizona HIDTA Drug Unit Commander Leadership Academy. Christopher is currently completing his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

He was promoted to Commander in November 2020 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.

His areas of responsibility include:

  • Patrol Division
  • Training
  • K-9 Handler(s)
  • Motor Officer(s)
  • SWAT
  • Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO)
  • Bicycle Patrol


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