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Sgt. Chad Kreuger retires after 20 years with Prescott Valley Police
Department honors officer at town council meeting

PVPD Deputy Chief James Edelstein, left, presents Sgt. Chad Kreuger with a shadowbox of his badges, patches and pins as Mayor Harvey Skoog, Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye and council look on during the May 24 council meeting. Sgt Kreuger is retiring after 20 years with the department. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

PVPD Deputy Chief James Edelstein, left, presents Sgt. Chad Kreuger with a shadowbox of his badges, patches and pins as Mayor Harvey Skoog, Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye and council look on during the May 24 council meeting. Sgt Kreuger is retiring after 20 years with the department. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Officers and staff with the Prescott Valley Police Department were saddened to learn of the retirement plans of Sgt. Chad Kreuger. Kreuger was honored by PVPD Deputy Chief James Edelstein during the May 24 Prescott Valley Town Council meeting.

“I have personally had the honor of serving with you since the day you started with the Police Department. You are one of the most reliable officers that I have known,” Edelstein said during the presentation.

Kreuger began working for the PVPD in 1999, having come from the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office (Reserve Deputy) and Town of Wickenburg, where he earned the Wickenburg Police Department’s Officer of the Year award.

With the PVPD, Kreuger received a Police Star award for his actions during a critical incident where another officer was involved in a shooting. He also worked as one of the department’s field training officers.

In 2004, Kreuger became a detective with the Criminal Investigations Division where he spent the next six years. He was primarily responsible for property crimes and sexual related crimes. He also trained to be an advanced Forensic Interviewer and conducted very difficult interviews with victims of intimate and sexual violence, many of whom were children.

Back on patrol in 2010, he soon earned a promotion to sergeant in December 2011. He was selected as Lead Driving and High Risk Stop Instructor, and helped train in agencies across the state. Kreuger also became the Crisis Negotiator Supervisor for the department’s SWAT division.

Edelstein said Kreuger passed on his knowledge to others in the department and also was an instructor in mental illness, juvenile delinquency, defensive driving and pursuit tactics with the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy for the past 15 years.

Edelstein presented Kreuger with a shadowbox filled with badges and patches from his service with different agencies.

“We’re very proud of your service to our community. I don’t think that we’ll ever forget you,” said Michael Whiting, council member. “I do think it’s sad that we see shall I say the more mature officers leaving. But it is exciting to see the other younger officers coming up the rank.”

Kreuger will not be retired for long. He plans to move to Navajo County where he will be back to work soon. He thanked his wife and five children for standing by him during his career.

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