Centerville Police Department
250 North Main Street
Centerville, UT 84014
P: (801) 292-8441
F: (801) 296-2078

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Friday Noon-4pm
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Chief’s Message

My name is Paul Child, and I am the chief of police. I began my law enforcement career as a Centerville Police reserve officer in 1983. During the spring and summer of 1983, I assisted fulltime officers as major floods caused so much damage and disruption in Centerville. I witnessed how this community came together serving one another to protect property and preserve life. After serving for almost a year as a reserve I was hired fulltime by West Bountiful Police Department. I returned to Centerville Police in 1987 and have had so many opportunities to serve this community while continuing my education and developing professionally. Through the years I have gained a deep love for this community and the amazing people who reside here. In addition to the wonderful people who call Centerville home, I have been honored to work beside so many dedicated professionals from whom I have learned so much and am deeply indebted to. During the major storm in December 2011, I again observed how well this community came together working to clean up the fallen trees and debris with amazing speed. This was truly amazing to be a part of.

Since becoming chief of police in 2015, I have worked to instill the values of guardian, honor, character, and nobility in the officers and staff of this department. As a department it is our intent to provide the highest quality of service possible while performing our mission with compassion and professionalism.

I welcome opportunities to engage with members of the community as we partner together in our quest for making life better!

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Centerville Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community through preventing, detecting, and controlling crime, preserving the peace, and securing a safe environment to all residents, businesses, and guests of Centerville. We recognize the necessity to treat all persons with dignity and respect and pledge ourselves to integrity, professionalism, and the non-prejudicial delivery of police services throughout the community.

The Centerville Police Department is proud of its heritage and recognizes that its reputation as an outstanding law enforcement agency has been accomplished through the hard work and dedication of its members.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide police services that exceed expectations as we strive to uphold the core values of honorable conduct, admirable character, and vigilant guardianship of life and property while recognizing the nobility of our purpose.


Legal Notice – Abandoned/Unclaimed Property

Posted on September 25, 2019

The Centerville Police Department has in its physical possession the abandoned/unclaimed property described below. If you have any ownership interest in any of that unclaimed property, you must *file a claim with the Centerville Police Department within 14 days from the date of publication of this notice, or you will lose your interest in that property.

Case Number Make Model
Color Description
2019-001192 Samsung Smart Phone Black Damaged Smart Phone
2019-000435 Samsung Cell Phone Black/Red Slide-cell phone
2019-000435 Samsung Smart Phone White Galaxy Note5
2019-000435 - - - Misc Keys
2019-000435 fitbit - Black Step counter
2019-000435 - - Pink Bag with small jewelry
2019-000435 - - Silver Seashell charm necklace
2019-000435 - - Silver Ring with stones
2019-000435 - - Red Red plastic flower ring
2019-000435 - - Black Black plastic framed glasses
2019-000435 Square - White White "Square" card reader
2019-000435 - - Multi-color Christmas Tree Broach
2018-001464 Forza - Black Backpack containing electronics
2018-001666 - - Black Small black purse w/ kid toys inside
2018-001421 Strider Classic Blue/Black Children's balance bike
2018-001516 - - Gold Gold colored ring
2019-001094 - - Black Coin purse containing change
2019-000146 - - - Misc Keys

Date of intended disposition: October 10, 2019

Please contact Sergeant Jake Alexander at 801-677-6428 with any questions.


*A person may file a claim that presents proof positive to the Centerville Police Department that the person is the lawful owner or security interest holder of any property described in this notice.




Important Forms


Press Releases

Re: Traffic Advisory for Bountiful to the Idaho border.
Date: May 22, 2019

We are expecting strong easterly winds to be picking up this evening, with gusts of 45-55 mph for the Wasatch Front north of Salt Lake City. The winds could continue until 11am Thursday morning. Please use caution when driving during this time. For more information, please check out the UDOT Traffic Operations Center page.


Press Release
Contact:     Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date:          May 14, 2019

On May 14, 2019, at about 4:45 pm, the Centerville Police Department responded to a report of a robbery involving four suspects and one victim at 800 East and 650 South in Centerville. It is believed the assault took place inside a vehicle and that the victim was familiar with one or more of the suspects. It was reported that a firearm was brandished during this incident, and the victim was physically assaulted  by the suspects. The victim reported his wallet was taken. The victim was taken to Lakeview Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A short time later we located the suspect vehicle described by the victim at a residence in Farmington. As we were preparing to make contact at the residence several suspects exited the residence and got into two different vehicles and left the residence. Officers performed a traffic stop on one of the vehicles leaving, and one vehicle stopped with one suspect taken into custody. The second vehicle fled and ran off the road a short distance later near I-15 southbound and Glovers Lane in Farmington. Three suspects fled on foot from the vehicle that ran off the road, and a search for the suspects took place with the use of police K-9s and a helicopter. The three suspects were not located. One of the outstanding suspects we are looking for is Abraham Valdez Alonso, a 19-year-old male with ties to the Farmington area. We welcome any tips about his whereabouts. Do not approach Alonso as he may be armed, and contact us immediately.



Press Release
Contact:     Chief Paul Child 801-292-8441
Date:          April 24, 2019

Centerville Police Department detectives have made an arrest related to an attack that took place on November 17, 2018, at an LDS church located at 270 North 300 East in Centerville.  In this situation a 71-year-old female was practicing the organ while alone in the chapel with all the doors locked. The woman was suddenly attacked from behind while playing the organ and was strangulated into unconsciousness multiple times.

Detectives collected DNA evidence at the scene that was left behind by the intruder who gained access into the building by breaking a window.  Centerville detectives have been working diligently on this case since it occurred and developed a person of interest. Detectives were able to collect DNA evidence left behind on discarded objects by the person of interest which were sent to the state lab for processing. This investigation took several months, but it remained a priority for us. We were able to match the DNA left behind at the scene to the person arrested today.

The arrestee is a 17-year-old male who lives in Centerville and was arrested in Kaysville. The juvenile was booked into Farmington Bay Juvenile Detention Center on one count of 1st degree aggravated burglary and one count of 2nd degree aggravated assault.

We have informed the victim of this incident of the arrest, and she expressed relief. The person arrested is a juvenile, and therefore we will not be releasing his name at this time. There is no known relationship between the person arrested and the victim.


Press Release
Contact:           Chief Paul Child 801-292-8441
Date:                March 15, 2019
Re:                   Auto-Pedestrian Accident

This morning at 8:37 am, Centerville Police and South Davis Metro Fire Department responded to an auto-pedestrian accident on 2025 North 566 West. This is west of Reading Elementary, which is located at 360 West 2025 North. This accident involved a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Leigh Albertsen of Farmington, and a five-year-old girl named Charlotte. Charlotte lives in the neighborhood where this accident occurred and was walking to Reading Elementary School with her older sister. The Suburban was going west on 2025 North, and the driver claims she was going about 20 miles per hour. The victim apparently ran out into the road into the path of the Suburban and was run over. The driver of the Suburban did not see the child but heard a thud upon hitting the child. The accident was witnessed by the older sister who ran home to tell her mom.

An off-duty deputy/paramedic who lives in this neighborhood was on scene giving medical attention prior to the arrival of on-duty responders. South Davis Metro FD paramedics determined that the girl should be airlifted to the hospital. With the help of West Bountiful PD and UDOT, Centerville PD blocked off the Frontage Road at 1950 North and Lund Lane to land the helicopter on Frontage at 2025 North. Charlotte was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital, and she is in critical condition. She has an obvious femur fracture and an apparent brain injury.

Our detectives arrived on scene shortly after the dispatch and began taking pictures and marking the scene for further investigation. This accident is still under investigation.

We are hoping and praying for Charlotte, her family, and others affected.



Contact: Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date: November 18, 2018
Subject: Church Break In and Assault

On November 17, 2018, between 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm, the Centerville Police Department responded to investigate a break in and assault that took place in an LDS church at 270 North 300 East. An elderly female was in the locked church playing the organ when she was attacked by an unknown individual. The female victim did sustain some minor injuries but is expected to recover fully. She reported that prior to this assault there was some loud pounding on the chapel door on the northwest side of the church that went on for several minutes. A window on the east side of the church was broken by the suspect to gain access into the building. Our detectives responded to process the scene for evidence and are following up on leads.

The suspect description is an individual wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt and having an average size build. We are asking the public if anyone saw anything at this church last night during this time period to contact us with information.


Contact:     Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date:          October 10, 2018
Subject: Funeral Arrangements for Officer Read

The viewing and funeral arrangements for Officer Read have been set.  The times and dates are as follows:

All viewings and the funeral services will be held at the LDS church in Syracuse at 2887 West 2700 South. A viewing will be held Friday October 12th between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  A second viewing will be held Saturday October 13th between 10:00 am to 11:30 am.   Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday October 13th  beginning at 12:00 noon.

Graveside services will follow the funeral services at the Washington Heights Memorial Park located at 4500 Washington Blvd in Ogden.

Contact: Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date: October 9, 2018
On September 23, 2018, Officer Jason Read, age 40, of the Centerville Police Department was riding his personal motorcycle in Syracuse on Antelope Drive near 2200 West when he was struck by a car causing serious injuries to him. Officer Read was transported by air ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. Officer Read had been in the hospital ever since the crash and was making headway in his recovery. Early this morning Officer Read unexpectedly passed
away while still in the hospital. Officer Read was off duty at the time of this incident.
Officer Read began his career in law enforcement with Centerville Police in 2005, and he was a 13 year veteran. Jason served as a K-9 Officer for three years and was also assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing unit for a portion of his career working on a wide variety of
community crime related issues. At the time of his passing he was assigned to patrol as a Police Officer III and Field Training Officer. Officer Read had an incredible memory for names, faces, license plate numbers and other important information that made him a very effective officer. Officer Read was the recipient of many awards and decorations and was a positive influence in many lives of those he served in the community as a police officer. Officer Read was married and had three kids. Officer Read was a member of the Centerville Police Department Family andwas dearly loved and respected by his peers. We are all deeply shocked and saddened at his

Contact:            Sergeant Allen Ackerson
Date:                 August 29, 2018
Re:                    Attempted Kidnapping

On August 28th at 5:45 pm Centerville Police received a report of an attempted kidnapping of a 12 year old boy. The boy reported that he was walking home alone along 400 West near Jennings Lane (1700 North) sometime between 4:30 and 5:00 pm when he was approached by a man who offered him candy. When the boy refused the candy the man reportedly grabbed the boy by the shirt and picked him up. The boy said he punched the man in the face and was able to get away by running and hiding in a nearby park.

The suspect is described as a white male with blond hair around 30 years old with a tattoo on his neck, and he was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts. The vehicle is described as an older model blue sedan, possibly a four door.

We have increased our patrols in the area before and after school and have informed Davis County School District. Officers conducted an initial canvas of the neighborhood, no one that we spoke with witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information should call Centerville Police at 801-292-8441


Press Release
Contact:     Lieutenant Zan Robison, PIO 801-292-8441
Date:          July 12, 2018

On July 12, 2018, at approximately 7:45 am, the Centerville Police Department responded to a call of a group of people being disorderly at the Management Training Corporation business.

When officers arrived, they located approximately 25 people who were in the main lobby of the business causing a disruption to business operations. Additional officers from Bountiful, North Salt Lake, Farmington, Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, and Utah Highway Patrol responded to assist. This group of people claimed the name of “Abolish ICE Utah.” There were reports of them being verbally abusive to workers arriving at work. They were holding signs that said “Abolish ICE,” and several of them had attached themselves together and to fixed objects inside the building with specialized restraining devices.

In accordance with the property owner’s request, the group was asked to leave the private property. Several people chose to leave after being told they would be arrested for trespassing if they did not comply. Some of the people in this group chained the doors together to restrict access to the building and refused to comply with the order to leave. A team specially trained for this type of situation from the Department of Public Safety was called in to assist in removing the devices the protestors used to attach themselves together and to fixed objects. Once those devices were defeated by the DPS team a total of eight people were arrested after refusing to leave the business. Those arrested were charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

The Centerville Police Department honors the Constitution and right to free speech; however, these protests should be done in a lawful area without trespassing or committing other crimes during the protests.


Press Release
Contact:           Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date:               June 20, 2018

Centerville Police Department dispatch services change

Effective midnight on July 1, 2018, Centerville Police Department will be changing our dispatch services from Davis County Dispatch to Bountiful Dispatch. The Centerville Police Department phone number will remain the same (801-292-8441), and we will still handle non-emergency calls during normal business hours. The Centerville Police Department’s business hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm. After hours, calls to the Centerville Police Department will be forwarded to Bountiful Dispatch. All 911 emergency calls will go to Bountiful Dispatch regardless of the time of day.

If you use an alarm company for any type of alarms, you should update your alarm company with the Bountiful Dispatch main number of 801-298-6000.  By doing this your emergency calls will go to the correct dispatch center to begin with and won’t have to be transferred from Davis County Dispatch (or Centerville Police Department) to Bountiful Dispatch and will cut down on response time.

If you have any questions about the change of dispatch services you can contact our office at 801-292-8441.




Press Release
Contact:           Chief Paul Child PIO 801-292-8441
Date:               May 18, 2018

July 4th Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Findings
On July 4, 2017, Cody McCray was shot and killed by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper following a police pursuit that ended on Legacy Highway in Centerville, Utah.  During the pursuit, officers diverted Mr. McCray away from routes for parades occurring in Centerville and West Bountiful.  Although no firearms were found in the stolen car Mr. McCray was driving, he was endangering people by going the wrong direction into oncoming traffic on a divided highway and using the car as a weapon to escape from officers who had stopped and surrounded the car.

Because the shooting occurred in Centerville and no Centerville officer fired any rounds, the Davis County Attorney’s Office appointed the Centerville Police Department to head the criminal investigation into the shooting.  The investigation was conducted by a team comprised of over thirty investigators from agencies in Davis and Weber County, the Utah State crime lab, and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.  After compiling the evidence, the team presented it to Davis County Attorney, Troy Rawlings for his review to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against the trooper who shot Mr. McCray.  Mr. Rawlings has concluded, based on his office’s review of the evidence, that “We do not believe the evidence is reasonably likely to convince a unanimous jury to convict Sgt. Neff of murder or any other homicide crime.”

Centerville City and the Centerville Police Department thank the law enforcement officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and professionalism in gathering and presenting the evidence to the County Attorney for his review.  They also express their sincere condolences to Mr. McCray’s mother, father, loved ones, and friends for their loss.



Press Release Update:

Contact:     Lieutenant Zan Robison PIO 801-292-8441
Date:          May 11, 2018
Residential Burglary Suspect Identified

We received a tip that helped us identify the suspect in the residential burglary case as Donald Shane Andrus.  Donald is a 41-year male.  Donald is wanted out of Colorado for a parole violation, Nevada for a weapons offense and is considered armed and has violent tendencies.  Donald is also considered to be a flight risk.   Because Donald has violent tendencies and is considered armed we are asking the public for any tips that may help us locate him.  Donald is 5 feet 11 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair.   Anonymous tips are welcome.

We are also looking for a person of interest.  Her name is Stephanie Didericksen, and she is a 43-year-old female.  She pawned the bicycle that was stolen in the residential burglary in Centerville.   We would like to speak with her to determine what information she could provide us about this case.   Stephanie has ties to the Bountiful area.

May 10, 2018: Residential Burglary-Request for Public's Assistance

Contact:           Chief Paul Child PIO 801-292-8441

Date:               May 10, 2018

Residential Burglary Press Release

An individual is being sought by Centerville Police who is soliciting the public’s assistance to identify the suspect. The suspect is wanted in connection to a residential burglary.

On May 9, 2018, an unidentified male suspect forced entry into an unoccupied residence in Centerville at approximately 12:30 pm.  After gaining entry using an unidentified prying device, the male suspect walked throughout the house, searching room to room through the homeowner’s belongings.

Surveillance cameras located within the home captured video of the suspect as he walked throughout the home.  In the footage, the suspect is described as a Caucasian male, possibly in his late 30’s or early 40’s, wearing a blue and white flannel long sleeved button-down shirt, blue jeans and glasses.  The suspect also appears to have short brown hair and goatee.  See attached surveillance photos.

The suspect stole a Taurus 9mm semi-auto handgun in a small black case and a Giant Anthem Advance Pro 1 bicycle.  The bike was black in color and had orange decals.  The suspect left in an unknown direction from the home.

Anyone with information that might assist in identifying this suspect is encouraged to contact Detective D. Davis with the Centerville Police Department at 801-677-6427.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

Review the surveillance photos here and all prior press releases from Centerville PD