Law Enforcement Academy Offered This Fall


Gila Community College, in partnership with county-wide law enforcement agencies, will be offering a law enforcement academy this fall.

This academy has been made available to the residents of Gila County through the cooperative efforts of Daisy Flores, Gila County Attorney; John Armer, Gila County Sheriff; Bob Ashford, Chairman of Gila Community College Governing Board; Don Engler, Chief of Police in Payson; Dan Melvin, Lieutenant at Globe Police Department; and Stephen Cullen, Senior Dean of Gila Community College.

This local academy allows students to work towards Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) board certification while working at their current job, while earning college credits and without relocating or traveling to Phoenix or Tucson.

Training components include: Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Rules of Evidence, Sex Crime Investigations, Fingerprinting, Death Investigations, DUI Law, and Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, just to name a few. Those aspiring to a career in law enforcement are encouraged to contact the agency that they wish to sponsor them for the academy and begin the application process.

Sponsoring agencies and contacts follow:

  • Payson Police Department, Chief Don Engler, (928) 474-5242;
  • Globe Police Department, Lt. Dan Melvin, (928) 425-5751;
  • Gila County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Mike Johnson, (928) 402-8573;
  • Hayden Police Department, Chief Joe Martinez, (520) 356-6205; and
  • San Carlos Police Department, Chief Alejandro Benally, (928) 475-2224.

Prospective cadets should call the agency they wish to pursue employment with in order to begin the testing and background checks needed to be accepted into the academy.

The academy will be held in both Northern and Southern Gila County. The academy is scheduled to start at Gila Community College in September 2008 and conclude in June 2009.

Class sizes are limited, so make your calls now to get started.

All cadets completing the academy will have earned a significant number of credit hours toward an Associate of Arts degree from Gila Community College.

Those wishing to continue their education after completing the rigors of the academy are encouraged to contact Patricia Burke at (928) 425-8481 or Pam Butterfield at (928) 468-8039 for individual career and academic counseling.

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