Officer Patterson joined the U.S. Navy in 1986 and after visiting 24 countries, completing 6 long cruise deployments and flying over 4,500 flight hours, he decided to retire in 2008. Patterson is a veteran of both Gulf Wars and got his first experience in Law Enforcement while working in a prisoner detention camp in Iraq. Wanting to continue a career of service, Patterson enrolled in the Police Academy in 2009 and joined the Chandler Police Department in 2011.
Post 1721 was re-established by Officer Patterson in 2011. The Chandler Police Explorer Program is backed by the City of Chandler, City Council, and Police Department.
Officer Patterson is certified as a Field Training Officer, Sexual Assault/Family Violence Investigator, TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and holds a Master Peace Officer License.