Sierra Vista has one of the lowest crime rates in Cochise County at 34.1 crimes per 1,000 residents. This is also significantly lower than the statewide figure of 40. In 2009, the Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD) developed a long-term strategic plan with the aim of improving human resources and community partners hips. As one of the premier law enforcement agencies in Arizona, SVPD is committed to the recruitment and development of highly trained personnel, as well as working with regional organizations and schools to provide crime prevention education and outreach. The SVPD also works in hand in hand with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure residents enjoy a safe environment. Approximately 53% of Sierra Vista’s population is aged between 20 and 59, many of whom are highly educated and skilled veterans. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the racial composition of Sierra Vista is 74.5% white, 10.7% other, 9% black/African American, 4.1% Asian, 1.1% American Indian or Alaska native and 0.6% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific islander. The poverty level is at 12.1% compared to 18.3% in Arizona and 15.7% nationally.