Detective William “Bill” Hanson retired from the Tucson Police Department in November of 2016. He left with over twenty-six years of experience in law enforcement. Bill started his career as a Patrol Deputy in Mohave County, AZ, District 2/Bullhead Sector. While with the Sheriff’s office, Bill was an FTO, SWAT Operator and SWAT Team Leader. Bill transferred to Tucson Police Department in 1993 and was promoted to Detective in 1998. As a detective he worked in the Burglary, Aggravated Assault, and Homicide Units. While in the Aggravated Assault Unit, Bill started amassing his own homicide cases and was brought in to assist the Homicide Unit beginning in 2000. Bill began a full-time commitment to Homicide in 2005 and continued working his Cold Case Homicide cases until his retirement.
This highly decorated Cop and veteran was the Officer of the Year in 2008. Bill also committed to over Twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force and Arizona Air National Guard and retired as a First Sergeant in 2002.
Detective Hanson was a general instructor and taught basic recruits many different job courses including Courtroom Demeanor, Crime Scene, Ethics and Death Investigation at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (SALETC). Bill also assisted in teaching the Homicide block for several years to students at Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. Bill was a Detective trainer for new investigators during his career and trained hundreds of professionals. Detective Hanson is a Technical Advisor for the University of Arizona’s course, “The Nature of Murder, PA347” which is an upper division course at the University of Arizona. As a guest lecturer for the class, Bill leads the class in discussions concerning very important topic areas: Death Investigation, the Degrees of Murder, and the investigation of Deadly Force by the Police. Bill also acts as an expert consultant in the role of a valuable resource for U of A students as they track all murders that occur in Tucson during the course of the semester.
Bill is an associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center. Detective Hanson instructs in Suspicious Death, Death Investigations, and Crime Scenes.
Webinars authored/presented: AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board) Officer Involved Shooting segment, 2016.
3-Things to know: Suspicious Death/Crime Scene webinars, National Criminal Justice Training Center, 2020/2021.
Homicide Investigator Bill Hanson/Podcast, Go Law Enforcement
Creator of the “Badges & Bars” podcast, Spotify/Google podcasts.
Detective Hanson is the Past President for the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association (www.azhia.com). Bill had several episodes on “The First 48” on A & E and has a chapter (14) in the book “Police Heroes” written by Chuck Whitlock.