EXECUTIVE BOARD

AZCOPS brings the best to the law enforcement in Arizona. Our board of executives work hard every day to connect, fuel, and protect all police officers.

In May 2012, David was asked to serve on the AZCOPS Finance Committee, and he continues to serve AZCOPS in that capacity. Upon the retirement of AZCOPS Vice-President Keith Benjamin from the Chandler Police Department in October of 2014, David was appointed to serve the remainder of Keith’s term beginning in January of 2015. David seldom misses a Board of Director’s meeting or a meeting of the Finance Committee because he believes in what AZCOPS provides for members and member agencies. He takes his roles seriously with AZCOPS, and he can be counted on to provide excellent feedback and input to provide the best service to each of our members, and at the same time be fiscally responsible with the finances of AZCOPS.

David Caballero | President

David has served UAPD as a patrol officer, Corporal (Patrol Supervisor), and Detective. David was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2014, overseeing three patrol squads, a Police Aide squad, and the Community Service Officers. His collateral duties included FTO and PT Instructor, and he formed the first Honor Guard for UAPD.

In May 2012, David was asked to serve on the AZCOPS Finance Committee, and he continues to serve AZCOPS in that capacity. Upon the retirement of AZCOPS Vice-President Keith Benjamin from the Chandler Police Department in October of 2014, David was appointed to serve the remainder of Keith’s term beginning in January of 2015. David seldom misses a Board of Director’s meeting or a meeting of the Finance Committee because he believes in what AZCOPS provides for members and member agencies. He takes his roles seriously with AZCOPS, and he can be counted on to provide excellent feedback and input to provide the best service to each of our members, and at the same time be fiscally responsible with the finances of AZCOPS.

Victor Hetherington | Vice President

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Elena Hernandez | Secretary

Elena has been with Maricopa County Juvenile Probation for 14 years. She started with the Juvenile Court as a Youth Detention Officer in 1998 and became a Juvenile Probation Officer in 2000. Currently, she is a Juvenile Intensive Probation Officer. Elena has a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies with a Minor in Spanish and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Counseling. Prior to becoming a probation officer, Elena attended college and volunteered for the Chandler Police Department’s crime lab and Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. She is the founder and president of Maricopa County Probation Association (MCPA). In her free time, Elena enjoys competing in various mud runs, participating in the Pat Tillman run each year, and going to ASU football games. Go, Devils!

Rick Benavedez | Treasurer

Effective Jan. 1, 2019

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Jim Parks | Executive Director

Jim is a military veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Army Reserve. He retired from the Tucson Police Department in November 2007. During his career with the department he worked Uniform Division, CRT Unit, and the Academy as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. He spent his last seven years in the Bike Unit.

Jim has been involved in union leadership for over 20 years. He served five years as President of AZCOPS from 2002-2008, and previously served as Vice President for Tucson Police Officers Association. He was also Treasurer for both AZCOPS and TPOA, and also served as a Grievance Rep for TPOA. Prior to becoming a police officer, Jim was Sergeant at Arms of a local union while working as a pressman at Tucson Newspaper, Inc.