Hot Mess at the DPS: A Party-Loving DPS Pilot Was Fired After His Bitter Ex-Lover Complains to Her Daddy — Now the Agency's Director

About two years ago, the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated whether one of its officers had a photo on his computer that depicted a sexual assault in his house — by a bulldog.

The alleged incident, much talked about among DPS employees and investigators, is said to have occurred at a party thrown in 2004 or 2005 by former DPS pilot Geoff Jacobs.

Story goes: A woman in a miniskirt passes out at the officer's house after somebody slips her roofies. Guests are drinking. Somebody notices she doesn't have panties on and smears her nether regions with peanut butter. Porter, one of Jacobs' two English bulldogs (he farms the canines out for stud service), then begins licking her down there. Another somebody takes a picture.

The officer wasn't accused of participating directly in the peanut butter incident — just of telling the story repeatedly. No picture backing up the tale ever turned up, either.

But Jacobs admitted to investigators that something untoward, though innocent, did happen with Porter (more on that later). In his version, he thought somebody might have slipped him Rohypnol, too.

At the time of the party, Jacobs had been working for the DPS for about three years as a motorcycle officer and a part-time pilot (the East Valley Tribune wrote about his piloting exploits in September 2008). Later, his duties would also include work as a photo-enforcement specialist.

In fact, he's the guy who arrested the state Republican Party's executive director, Brett Mecum, at the GOP's Phoenix headquarters in May 2009 after Mecum was pictured speeding excessively on a freeway.

By that time, Jacobs already was infamous among gossiping DPS officers and administrators for the dog-and-peanut-butter tale and for other strange, sexually charged rumors about which Jacobs was grilled officially in late 2008 and early 2009.

The reason: An ex-girlfriend began talking about Jacobs' alleged exploits days after a bitter breakup.

But she wasn't just any old ex. She was Ami Halliday — daughter of Robert Halliday, a 35-year veteran DPS officer who had retired in 2008 at the rank of commander and who still had plenty of friends at the agency.

Robert Halliday's now director of the DPS, appointed out of retirement in January by Governor Jan Brewer. He's known as a good cop —though something of a hothead.

Halliday and Jacobs got along fine during the two months that the pilot dated his daughter. They had lunch at least once, and Jacobs claims Halliday even bought him a gift: a small, crystal airplane tchotchke.

A divorced mother and former bank worker, Ami Halliday's well versed in real-life drama — and so is her family, for that matter.

She was involved in two of seven incidents of suspected domestic violence that police logged from 1997 to 2006 at her father's Glendale home. In 1998, for instance, she tried to have her brother charged with assault for throwing a piece of cheese at her.

"The cheese struck Ami in the lower right side of her back. [A Glendale officer] examined Ami's back," an incident report reads. Her brother described it as a "small chunk."

Both parties agreed that after her brother threw the cheese, Ami slammed him in the head with a phone they'd ripped off the wall. The case against him was submitted to prosecutors, who declined to pursue it because of "no likelihood of conviction."

Ami Halliday and Jacobs met at a party at the home of her aunt, Kristi Johnson, who's also a DPS officer.

On November 4, 2008, after a few weeks of what was described in official reports as rough sex and good times, the couple had an argument about who would pay for a sex toy. The next day, they broke up.

A few weeks later, the DPS started investigating Jacobs for the way he'd treated Robert Halliday's daughter.

The investigation began because now-Director Halliday was disturbed about bruises Jacobs allegedly inflicted on his daughter's arms and legs the day before the breakup. When Halliday and his daughter spoke, Ami told him things, according to official reports, that would outrage any father:

Jacobs had punched her, hurt her during sex, and taken X-rated pictures and video of her without her consent. She told him of bizarre things that happened at his parties, which she claimed to have heard about secondhand.

Rather than immediately call the Glendale Police Department, in whose jurisdiction the alleged domestic violence occurred, and have Ami's bruises documented by forensics experts — as is standard procedure in such situations — the veteran law officer took pictures of her himself. He then referred the matter to his agency's internal affairs office.

Interviews with Jacobs' friends and ex-girlfriends were conducted, starting with Ami Halliday. When investigators had enough dirt on him, they took a three-ring binder to the Glendale PD, which began a criminal investigation of Jacobs.

Incredibly, one focus of the probe into suspected wrongdoing by the DPS officer — based on complaints from the Hallidays — concerned Jacobs' reportedly gigantic penis.


The DPS fired Geoff Jacobs in September 2009, citing the findings against him in the investigation sparked by Robert Halliday.

Even after poring through Jacobs' personal laptop and desktop computers, Glendale detectives hadn't uncovered any proof of Ami Halliday's allegations.

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Cancelled
Cancelled

Look. It's Jaba the UgMug. He should be fired. Anyone who would date this trash can't be depended on to make important decisions.

Chris
Chris

I'm beginning to think the New Times only covers three things;Negative Law Enforcement Stories, Pro Weed Stories and Pro-Illegal stories. All this news content and 80 pages of ads for your local topless bars. What a paper!

Metro Motors
Metro Motors

I guess we are all pretty much fed up with our executive staff and PSU. Halliday is just the latest in a long line of corrupt leadership within DPS. He is no better than what we have always been stuck with, Hell, we all know what they have been up to and ignored it.

Embedded in my mind is the crap that happened with Bertram. Lets see, how did it go? Several officers testified that PSC erased a few tapes and lied under oath. The judge made a complaint to the department and what happened? Felix has Gillette take a closed door meeting with Bertram and explains to him the finer points of loyalty. Ultimately Bertram is urged to quit before hes fired. What happened to the investigation the judge requested. There was no investigation. Life goes on and business as usual. I think its time to write the Govenor and AG, maybe they will step up and look at all these investigations.

Just nutz
Just nutz

I'm pretty sure he didn't get hired on as a pilot, he was already a pilot when he was hired as a patrol officer. DPS just allowed him to be a part-time pilot. Why is that odd to you?

Jenny
Jenny

I heard about this story while having Thanksgiving dinner with my family and this all sickens me. I have known Geoff for many years now; we even dated for a short time. Geoff is a very kind hearted soul and would give you his shirt of his back if you needed it. Those of you who believe he is a “party lover” are mistaken. He hardly ever drinks, and would have two or three Barbeques a year at his place with a few close friends. I know it might sound un-American right? Like none of you have ever down this. Geoff was investigated by ATIC (anti terrorism intelligence center) where Ami’s father was the commander. If this does not open your eyes to how messed up this whole thing is, I don’t know what will.

First off you should all know how much time, effort, money, and resource went into destroying his career that he worked so hard to build. For what, a broken-hearted booty call? All the agitations made by Ami we found to be lies. Ami was a booty call to Geoff she was well aware of it. Geoff is a wonderful man who has almost lost everything now. Geoff and I have not spoken in a few months at his request; it hurts me to read all these lies about him when I know the truth.

Second, he never dated the bosses’ daughter. Ami’s father was retired during the one month Geoff and Ami dated. It shouldn’t have mattered and her father should have stayed out of it. Ami is an adult and should be able to do things for herself but can’t. If I recall Geoff said he could not stand dating Ami anymore because she always talked about her dad. Her dad this and her dad that. Not to mention he said she was bad in bed and had an enormous ego.

Finally, Tiffany you of all people should be ashamed of yourself. If anyone should want to hide from all of this it should be you. You and Geoff were best of friends and he was always there for you. He always stood up for you at work and your alternative lifestyle. He told me of all the fun times you two had and how much your friendship meant to him. You were family to Geoff. I remember when I met you and the things you said to me about him. All true, he is an amazing guy and still is. Jackie you’re about useless; another hopeless soul he came across that did not deserved to have him in your life. Karma comes around for everyone. Geoff you are strong and will be ok. If you every need someone to talk to, I am still here for you. Jenny

Jan Brewery
Jan Brewery

Wow! More Arizona "hick-a-palooza" at yet another law enforcement agency. I think we have the entire spectrum covered - 30 cops under investigation in Phoenix, Joe & the county-supervisor- soap opera and that Phoenix FBI agent arrested for his "affair" with a bad-guys wife - the list goes on and on.... Let's face it, when it comes to “hicks” amongst our law enforcement, Arizona is like the Pit at the Talladega 500!

How does a "pilot" with one year of experience ( probably less than 100 flight hours) become a pilot with DPS? Well, how did Russell Pearce get elected? Yahooooo!

Toersbijnsc
Toersbijnsc

Just one question: Who paid for these intimate and long lasting investigations?

Hailey
Hailey

Kudos to Ray Stern for writing in an objective unbiased manner - very refreshing from some of the sensationalism observed by this Publication in the past year or so.

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So where did Felix and Vanderpool come into this discussion? "Im not really short and what about Mr. felix", you guys are a couple of morons. It was Penney Gilette who was Vanderpools assistant director on the Jacobs investigation. She was the one that fired him. Felix had nothing to do with this. In fact Dave was fired by Haliday when Haliday took charge of the dept. If youre going to blog, at least get your facts straight. I was not a Felix fan when he was here but I will give him his due. He didnt have nor need a short man's attitude. The dude was the director and assistant director. He had the power for over 10 years at DPS. And most people here were OK with him. It was just the way that Vanderpool brought him back after he retired that pissed off some people. Sounds like the old gang of NOrm Jones, Scott Huffman and their PI buddy cant stop beating a dead horse. Why dont you shorties get a life? And talk about being short -- those of us who are secure in our manhood dont worry about it. So what you boys packin? BB guns??

Sounds like Jacobs was packin' a 44 mag, stepped on it along the way and shot himself in the keister!!

Calling it as I see it
Calling it as I see it

Everyone remember when Jacobs stuck his neck out for Officers Zinke and Allen aka dee/joan when their careers were marked for failure. He stood up for both of them, look where it got him. Zinke a friend of five years is now receiving special treatment from the department as well as Allen. Neither of these two should be trusted, they're embarrassments to the badge.

It is common knowledge badge bunny Ami Halliday is a slut. Ask many officers around Glendale PD, DPS and other departments. She is well known among them all. Ami's god father/Robert Hallidays friend is a commander for Glendale PD which makes this entire case stink of police corruption. Jacobs better luck in the adult film industry.

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I can't wait to see DPS Director Bobby Halliday and his fucked up family on the Jerry Springer Show.

Ponyshow
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It is well known Ami Halliday is bisexual and had a huge crush on officer dee.

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DPSOfcr1234

PSThe investigation shouldn't be done by Bobby Halliday's buddies at AZPOST. The governor needs to bring in a completely independent investigator that has never had anything to do with Halliday, AZPOST and DPS and never will.

DPSOfcr1234
DPSOfcr1234

Write letters to the governor demanding an investigation of his involvement in this case as well as his conduct on the Payson golf course and the contradictions in his testimony before the state senate at his confirmation proceedings and the statements of witnesses and the Payson police. Arizona and DPS can't have a hot head and a liar for the head of the state police. Halliday should willingly submit to an investigation which includes a polygraph.

Wally
Wally

After reading the story above and then all the replys (many of which seem to be from Law Enforcement agents with insider knowledge of the back stories) make me wonder what can the general public do to assist the Honorable / or a least NON fucked up LEO's in cleaning house and getting rid of these jackasses?

Any suggestions LEO's?

Rubbernecker
Rubbernecker

What a slut! Why doesn't someone ask Halliday about forcing officers to let truckers they stop out of tickets because they are buddies with the truck owners. Great - 80,000 pounds going down the highway with violations. This is par for the Halliday administration. Hagerty is an idiot (or puppet) too. The whole agency is a joke!

Observer
Observer

Who is the one employee that likes Halliday? He's an embarrassment to the department and should resign. Take Haggerty with ya on your way out.

Jon156
Jon156

A daughter and - her father in power! Some things NEVER change in this frontier state of corruption!

But I'm not really short
But I'm not really short

David Felix had "short man" syndrome his whole career. After hearing reports on Jacobs' longitude, Felix must've decided to avenge one of the bigger guys.

What an investigation. Months later, endless dollars later, lost manhours later, agency credibility losses, and nothing has changed. Mr. Jacobs will now always be known for his "size." So it will be with Felix and his (unspecified) lack of "size." Somethings never change.

Philroberts
Philroberts

Still not as screwed up as Phoenix PD

XSoldier
XSoldier

I think DPS has a lot of questions it needs to answer.

I also think DPS had a major conflict of interest in taking Mr. Jacobs' complaint. He knew Mr. Halliday was DPS commander and he knew Ami was his daughter.

Ami isn't even that attractive. Far as I'm concerned, Mayor Phil's girlfriend is actually better looking than Ami Halliday.

The shit just gets deeper in Arizona.

Don't Forget Mr. Felix
Don't Forget Mr. Felix

Two names are missing. Roger Vanderpool and David Felix. Anything pre-January 2010 was theirs. Silence. Halliday has a mess and a lot of it he stirred up himself. This sick comedy of law enforcement investigations didn't start from retired Hallidaly alone. At that time Halliday had been on the outs with Vanderpool and Felix. Go figure. It took the approval (and direction) of Vanderpool and Felix to move forward in their quest for justice. They were the top.

As deputy director, Felix ran many goofy inquests and destructive campaigns against targeted employees (those who differed with him). He sought to destroy...and often did. The Felix portfolio of social graces beats anything Halliday has. An order of protection against him, throwing trashcans at the city park, his own series of sexual escapades with female employees (going back 30 years), mismanagement blunders, things like that.

Felix walks away silently. He left behind his own big footprints of unethical behavior. We hear nothing of him in this. He started this (Jacobs) circus rolling and it needed to be investigated. But let's invite everyone. Parties and allegations and no one else at DPS gets nabbed? Comments from friends and lovers within DPS is fine, but lets not focus on Geoff alone. There are others continuing to do the same thing but are often protected because of their DPS politics or gender.

DPS has a big problem. Good luck, Director. It is a great agency with great employees. This is an embarassing article but maybe DPS will wake up and look a little closer at "off duty behavior' by employees and how it effects the department. As for the jilted little girls in uniform who seem to have some deep personal issues to resolve, don't do it on the job. There are plenty of competent, socially secure female officers at DPS that are there to do their job, not their coworker. And we are supposed to feel sorry for the whiners in this article. Go back to work.

Pissed
Pissed

Is the Federal Government aware that ACTIC (which is federally funded) is being used to hunt down naked pictures of the (retired) DPS Commander's daughter. I believe taxpayers are entitled to know how much this abuse of power has cost the state, before and after the lawsuit. Not to mention, The City of Glendale, Maricopa County and the federal govt. How many cop, attorney hours were spent tracking down the lies after a bad breakup to find nothing? Who pays???? Another question. How was this documented to the feds as a rationalization to use ACTIC dollars? Brewer wake the hell up? Please somebody investigate this fleecing.

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Ami Halliday has been a badge bunny for years.....everyone at DPS knows it. And as far as all those police calls to the Halliday's house, some of those were for his wife-who is known to have a history of prescription drug abuse. These people should be on "modern family".

Treeofnuts
Treeofnuts

Birds talk and pigs obviously fly; Officer Dee and Officer Joan crossed the threshold of a professional working relationship to a close personal lesbian one. Closed doors are slowly opening for these two. Let’s see how “gigantic” their strap on is.

Guest
Guest

"Incredibly, one focus of the probe into suspected wrongdoing by the DPS officer — based on complaints from the Hallidays — concerned Jacobs' reportedly gigantic penis."

Ok ok ok ok ... ROFL.... I just shot coffee out of my nose! hahaha I gottah find this complaint and read it, should be good for a lot of comedy!

Rodney
Rodney

A friend of mine works at Mesa PD and says one of the high ups is retired DPS and thinks everyone likes him...but apparently they really think he's a boob. Appears DPS folks have allusions of grandeur.

Sumpin Stinks
Sumpin Stinks

Who on earth was "interviewed" that said Halliday is liked by the troops? I'm thinking it was the voices in Halliday's head that made that comment.

Marcy
Marcy

Cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

RyffsPervertPolice
RyffsPervertPolice

Tempe PD will hire Geoff Jacobs. Chief Ryff would love to share stories with Jacobs about his own perversions and sexual sexual .

Amy_reiter
Amy_reiter

This is hysterical! Geoff, you have a giant penis?!? Haha, love you man!

Just nutz
Just nutz

If any officer were to try to get a conviction by writing a report as inaccurate as the ones PSU produces, the County Attorney would turn down every case. Yet these are supposed to be the ones writing reports to get officers disciplined? Laughable. And why is Laurie Griffith still in PSU? How can she have the allegations against her that she does but still be investigating officers?

Cheryl Quinn
Cheryl Quinn

"Not to mention he said she was bad in bed and had an enormous ego."

You sound like a crazy ex-girlfriend. You guys haven't spoken in months, "at his request" and you're on a public forum singing his virtues and talking about how this other woman is bad in bed. Sounds like this guy knows how to pick them!

Just nutz
Just nutz

Perhaps someone like the FBI? Who seem to be very quick to jump into the MCSO investigation, but so far hasn't gotten involved in DPS's business. I'm thinking its about time to change that.

things are nutz
things are nutz

No the entire agnecy isn't a joke. There are many, many fine officers and civilians who work there. Unfortunately, the good are the ones getting silenced or shoved out the door because they don't agree or are not, as you put it, puppets. The vendictivness in management is unbeliveable. Oh, and Ami isn't the only one hiding behind or taking advantage of a daddy's last name...... there is at least one Sgt who's father used to be the HP chief who is using daddys last name to allow him to get away with anything.. including destroying the reputation and career of several good officers.

A918417
A918417

I think PSU needs to have a complete overhaul. The fishing expeditions they go on branch far outside the scope of original allegations, and yeah you're right that mentality did originate during the Vanderpool administration.

Disgusted
Disgusted

@ Trustmeiknow... hmmm we seem to know a lot about you as well in the Halliday clan. You seem to think you don't have anything hidden in your closet... But we know now don't we sugar! Not one person in DPS is squeeky clean... period. Everyone makes a bad judgement calls, even you. Hell you married a Halliday. You created your own freaking nightmares in that relationship. I don't see you blasting yourself on here. Yes the Halliday family has "issues"... but think about it... if your daughter came to you with allegations of assault and sexual abuse (which in fairness I don't get why she kept going back if it was that bad...) wouldn't you be concerned and being an officer wouldn't you report it? This was a DPS officer involved with a DPS director's daughter... really how stupid is Geoff any way to get involved with Ami in the first place if this is the way he conducts himself... This whole thing is a three ring circus. Geoff... if you are serious about your career and the lawsuit, then I suggest you raise yourself to higher standards... It is an honor to wear a uniform, regardless if it is DPS or military. And for you to allow your friends to pander around and party in them is humiliating. Pull your head out and keep it in your pants for awhile. As for Ami, she has recently remarried and you don't have to worry about her being a badge bunny. Geez people... how about all those other broads that hang out at Geoff's.... BADGE BUNNIES. Hell even your roommate is a freaking BADGE BUNNY. And back to you little miss "trustmeiknow"... lets not speak of the porn you and your ex-husband in your dating fazes passes to each other... lets not speak of your guys altercations... heaven forbid we put YOUR DIRT out in mainstream. This whole article and this whole situation is ridiculous.

Guest
Guest

Absolute power corrupts absolutely, we all know the ol' cliche. However, I'd save that "thugs" comment for a TSA screener.

Nutz
Nutz

Right? "Daddy, his penis hurt me."

 
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