Behind the Badge -- Assistant Chief David Humble

Humble, David (ACOP)

Thank you to True Blue Tempe and the entire Tempe business community for this opportunity to introduce myself and share a few thoughts and experiences related to my wonderful 30-year career as a law enforcement officer. Before I answer the question as to why I became a police officer, it may be helpful to briefly describe my background and how it shaped my life and led me to the Tempe Police Department.

I was born and raised in Tempe and I have very fond memories growing up in Tempe, such as playing soccer and baseball, having fun at Big Surf and rooting for Danny White and the Sun Devils! I attended Rural Elementary, Fees Jr. High, Marcos de Niza High School and Arizona State University. I graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s in justice studies and eventually obtained my master’s in public administration. I have been happily married for 21 years and we have two terrific kids.

Why I became a Police Officer:

Most people are surprised when I tell them I didn’t grow up wanting to be a police officer. I was initially interested in becoming an engineer like my dad, but soon realized in college that wasn’t going to be my ideal career path. During my second year at ASU, I decided to take an introduction to law enforcement class and knew immediately becoming a police officer was in my future. The opportunity to help people during moments in their lives when they truly need assistance and the ability to protect others from harm was extremely appealing to me. I now realize my mom’s distinguished career as a nurse had a very positive affect on my life and her influence and guidance to help others led me to public service. After graduating, I immediately started the testing process and became a sworn Tempe police officer in 1990.

My Journey as a Police Officer:

As I mentioned earlier, I have been a police officer for over 30 years. I have had the distinct opportunity to work a variety of assignments, including patrol and bike officer, property and persons detective, patrol and bike sergeant and patrol lieutenant. I’ve also served as a police commander in patrol downtown, criminal investigations and internal affairs, recruiting and hiring and as an assistant chief in patrol. I am currently serving as the assistant chief over our Support Services Division.

All my professional and personal experiences being raised and working in Tempe have taught me that we must continue Tempe PD’s proud tradition of working closely with all our Tempe citizens, business owners, faith-based and student leaders, as well as school administrators, neighborhood activists and elected officials in order to unite our community. Now more than ever we must truly listen to each other, have respectful dialogue and work together to create realistic, meaningful change. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Tempe and work alongside our dedicated and professional Tempe PD employees.


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