Gila Citizens Academy Taking Applications


The Gila County Attorneys Office, Payson Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Tonto Apache Tribal Police and the Gila County Sheriff's Office have openings to attend the Northern Gila County Public Safety Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

This academy is designed to show the public what local law enforcement does on a day-to-day basis.

The academy will be a 10-week program starting Sept. 17 and going through Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mazatzal Casino conference room.

The classroom portion will be on Wednesday nights and there will be one Saturday class which will include firearms training at the Jim Jones Shooting Range south of Payson.

The intent of the academy will be to familiarize the public with some aspects of law enforcement practices and will include the following training:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal and Traffic Laws
  • Narcotics Investigations, K-9 Operations and DPS Air Operations
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Volunteer Programs with AZ DPS, Gila County SO, Payson PD
  • Dispatch and Jail Operations
  • Constitutional Law and Superior Court
  • Firearms and Use of Force

If you would like to attend the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, applications can be picked up at the Payson Police Department or the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

A background check will be completed on all applicants. If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Tim Scott at the Gila County Sheriff's Office 928-474-2208, ext. 2824.

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