Deadline Approaches For Reserve Police Academy Applicants

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Anyone interested in Payson's reserve police academy has until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to turn in an application.

Since many of Payson's reserve officers have been hired by law enforcement agencies, the reserve corps is depleted, prompting the department to explore starting another local academy.

Initially scheduled to begin in October, changes at Gila Community College and a lack of qualified candidates resulted in the academy's postponement.

"Through the testing and background process, we got down to nine applicants between us and the sheriff's office," Engler said.

He said for the academy to be cost effective, they need closer to 20 in the program, and in December, they began a second hiring process.

Qualified reserve candidates must complete an academy for law enforcement certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board within two years of their appointment.

Engler said they hope to start the local academy in the spring.

"Our target date is March of 2004 and we sure hope we have some additional applicants," Engler said. "So far we've received one."

Applications are available at town hall or at the Payson Police Department. For more information, contact Engler at 474-5242 ext. 224.

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