The Phoenix detective wowed crowds around the world before tackling the crime

His friends hired the cop for the Phoenix Christian choir as a prank, but Officer Michelangelo Caggiano’s talent is no joke.

PHOENIX – A local police detective not only spends his time studying ballistics, but also does singing and songwriting.

Officer Michelangelo Caggiano normally protects and serves as a detective, but he also plays songs he has written himself. He hit the right marks long before he embarked on his nearly 20-year career with the Phoenix Police Department.

“I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really get into it until I was in high school,” he said.

He went on to explain this while working as a maintenance worker at a local church, and he played around and fell. While he was recovering well from his injuries, his friends thought it would be fun to get him a prank for the choir at Phoenix Christian, but Caggiano’s talent is no joke.

“From there, I just started writing songs, went to Grand Canyon University, and met a lot of different musicians,” he added.

He said he formed a band, Michelangelo and the Difference, where he met famous stars like Johnny Cash. From there, Caggiano’s music career begins.

“I started making records and doing small tours and eventually started touring the country and then overseas,” he continued.

However, while traveling the world, it was the Maricopa County Swat team that caught Officer Caggiano’s attention during a performance he put on at a community college years ago.

“They came out with their smoke grenades and their big cannons and I just looked at it, wow, that’s really cool,” Det said. Said Caggiano.

Now, as a 19-year-old ballistics detective, Caggiano settled down here in the valley where he was born and raised.

“A work of love and probably more therapy for me, just being able to write down my thoughts or write about situations and experiences,” he said.

From guitars to guns, this performer and cop is busy.

“I try to play as much as I can to balance the work and it’s always a challenge but it’s a lot of fun,” said Caggiano.

With more than 100 songs and a new project “Secret Harbor” on the horizon, he is looking forward to leaving the troupe in December.

Caggiano’s music can be found on Spotify and iTunes.

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