I want to commend the Gila County Community College, Sheriff John R. Armer and all his deputies, in conjunction with Chief Don Engler and his officers, Director Roger Vanderpool with the Department of Public Safety and his officers and Daisy Flores, Judge Cahill from the Gila County Attorney's office, for presenting the 10-week course on the "Law Enforcement Citizens Police Academy."
The goal was to give citizens a better understanding of guidelines within which law enforcement functions the handling of situations as they do. The hours all the officers put in were on their own time and they all should be commended.
The class included hands-on training in several areas of law enforcement: ride-a-longs; firearms training; search and rescue; K-9 demos; and bomb squad demos.
It was such a delight to see that the departments have such a great working relationship with each other. If you, as citizens, are looking for a better understanding of what these good men and women do for us on a daily basis, you may want to think about taking this course next year.
Hats off to all of you!
Madonna M. Gromacki