The Payson Police Department is working to build its reserve corps.
Most of the successful participants in the last academy offered in the Rim country have gone on to become law enforcement officers, depleting the ranks of the reserves.
The PD is currently encouraging any interested residents to make an application to become a Reserve Police Officer.
"They can stay with the reserves, or if they choose, become candidates for full-time employment as a police officer," said Lt. Don Engler of the Payson PD.
Those applicants selected for the reserves, who are not certified, must complete an academy for law enforcement certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board within two years of their appointment.
A local academy is scheduled to begin Oct. 15, 2003 and continue through July 2004. The classes will be held two nights a week and for eight hours on Saturdays.
Applications are available at the Payson PD, 303 N. Beeline Highway. They must be completed and returned to the police department by 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 8.
The local academy is being sponsored by the Payson Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff's Office and the Gila Community College.
For more information, contact Engler at 474-5242, extension 224, or Sgt. Todd Bramlet of the Payson PD at 474-5177.