Community safety is a priority in Anthem, and because of the proactive approach to the topic, the community benefits from a low crime rate. Because Anthem is an unincorporated community, the Anthem Community Council (ACC) does not manage public safety or oversee law enforcement in the same manner that a city or other municipality would. However, the Board of Directors and staff focus on community safety by advocating for appropriate law enforcement coverage and public safety services, and maintaining a safe environment at all ACC facilities and amenities.
Law Enforcement, North Valley Posse and Fire Department
Your location affects the law enforcement agency called to assist you. All of Anthem resides in Maricopa County, however, the area west of I-17 has been annexed by the City of Phoenix. Because of this, the west side of our community is patrolled by City of Phoenix Police Department, while the east side is patrolled by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Both agencies have substations located within Anthem.
The North Valley Posse provides valuable assistance to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with a primary focus on Anthem. The Posse members are local residents who volunteer their time to protect and serve our community. The Posse also offers an Explorers program for ages 14-18 yrs.
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department serves the northern part of the county, including all of Anthem.
In 2010, the National Firewise Communities/USA designated Anthem as a "Firewise Community." In order to maintain the community’s designation, the ACC works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host "Firewise Days" at the ACC's annual Autumnfest event, held each October.
During operating hours, the parks that are overseen by the Anthem Community Council (Community Park, Liberty Bell Park and Opportunity Way Park) are monitored by Park Patrol, which operates out of the Community Center. After hours, the ACC contracts a security company for park safety. Please refer to posted signs in these parks for more information and hours of operation. To call Park Patrol during operating hours, dial 623-879-3011. The North Valley Posse also assists with park safety during special events (Anthem Days, Music in May, etc.)
Anthem Neighborhood Watch (ANW)
The motto “neighbors helping neighbors” is the underlying theme of ANW’s programs, which include providing information to help secure homes and property, volunteering at community events, updating residents and implementing a block watch program to deter potential criminal activity.
There are two emergency gates in Anthem, one in the Country Club (Ravina Lane) and one in Parkside (Meridian Drive). These gates are for emergency use only and maintained by the fire department. Only the Fire Chief can make the determination as to whether the gates should be opened in the event of a public safety emergency. The Chief notifies the ACC in such an event.
Public Safety Roundtable
The Public Safety Roundtable is a law enforcement roundtable with the purpose of fostering relationships and information sharing with the public service agencies that protect and serve the community of Anthem: MCSO, Phoenix Police, North Valley Posse, Daisy Mountain Fire, City of Phoenix Fire, ANW, Deer Valley Unified School District, EPCOR Water and other utilities/agencies as appropriate. Meetings are scheduled quarterly and are open to the public.