The Payson Police Department, along with four other state agencies, is gearing up for the second annual Northern Gila County Law Enforcement Academy on Wednesday.
The 10-week, free academy is designed to give Rim Country residents an up-close look at law enforcement from the perspectives of the police, sheriff’s department, highway patrol and attorney’s office.
Gila Country Sheriff John Armer told the first class of attendees Aug. 17, law enforcement is a collaboration effort by all state agencies.
“If you take anything from tonight, it is that we all work together,” Armer said.
If the highway patrol has information about a possible terrorist attack in the area, they let PPD know, so they can work together. The agencies rely on each other for information.
DPS chief Jack Lane said, “We are all partners in criminal justice.”
Payson Police Chief Don Engler said hopefully citizens will understand how law enforcement works and realize how busy and hard it is to be an officer.
“They can share with others that officers are not the bad guy, they are good public servants,” Engler said.
The academy still has slots available. Classes run Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 24 to Nov. 19, at the Mazatzal Casino conference room.
Participants cannot miss more than two classes and must attend the Jim Jones Shooting Range for a day and complete a ride along with an officer.
Pick up an application at the Payson Police Department or Gila County Sheriff’s Office, 108 W. Main St.
Week 1: Introduction/Course overview
Week 2: Criminal law
Week 3: Volunteer program
Week 4: Traffic law
Week 5: Driving under the influence
Week 6: Dispatch/Jail operations
Week 7: Narcotics/K-9 operations
Week 8: Court
Week 9: Firearm training
Week 10: Graduation Ceremony