Central Patrol Division
Crime Prevention Officer
Patty Gallagher began working with law enforcement in 1990 as
a volunteer with the Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council in
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in the substance abuse prevention field.
Over the years with the KCSAC she progressed from a parent
volunteer all the way to Executive Director. As director, she
worked directly with Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit
Lake, and Hayden Lake Police Departments, as well as the
Kootenai County Sheriff's Department and Idaho State Police.
Working with Idaho State Police, Patty designed a brochure,
Meth Is My Neighbor, for use with a program they
developed to bring public awareness to methamphetamine labs.
She was able to get grant funding to publish the brochure and
have it distributed statewide. In addition, she assisted Idaho
State Police in doing the Meth Is My Neighbor
presentations as a speaker.
Patty contacted a national speaker on club drugs and raves
and was able to get grant funding to bring him to the County and
had the classes POST Certified for all Law Enforcement Officers
to continue their education on the topic at no cost to their
departments two years in a row. She continued working with the
speaker and developed a new program and brochure called Club
Drugs & Kids - A Deadly Combination. Patty has done
presentations on both methamphetamine and club drugs for several
years to various community groups, middle and high schools,
college sociology classes, parenting classes, Boy and Girl
Scouts, prevention conferences, CASA staff, Head Start staff,
Victim Assistance volunteers, law enforcement, and the general
In Idaho, Patty served on the Coeur d'Alene School District
271 Drug Advisory Committee, Kootenai County 'Enough Is Enough'
Committee, Kootenai County Jail Addition & Pierce Clegg Work
Release Center Committee, Kootenai County Communities That Care,
Idaho State Region I Regional Substance Abuse Authority Board of
Directors, and the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Substance Abuse Prevention Standards Committee. She received
the Idaho State Police Distinguished Citizen Award in 2000 and
the Idaho State Award for Devotion and Contribution to the Field
of Substance Abuse Prevention: The Outstanding Service Award for
Region I in 2003.
Since moving to Arizona, Patty became a volunteer with the
Mesa Police Department in 2005 as a DUI Van driver, VAPS (Victim
Assistance), Assistance in Disaster Services, and in the Crime
Free Multi-Housing and Crime Prevention units. As a volunteer
she received the President's Silver Volunteer Service Award in
2005, Mesa Police Department Volunteer of the Year for 2006, and
the Mesa Police Department Community Impact Award for 2006.
Patty became a full-time Crime Prevention Officer in May of 2007
and is continuing her education in the field while working.
To schedule a presentation for your group, neighborhood or
employees, work with your business, start a Neighborhood Watch,
or for any other crime prevention related information, please
contact Patty at 480-644-2033 or by email to