The Gila County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Payson Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Gila County Attorney’s Office will be holding a Northern Gila County Public Safety Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.
This academy is designed to better inform the public what local law enforcement does on a day-to-day basis. The academy will be a 10-week program starting June 10 and going through Aug. 12 every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.
There will be one Saturday class Aug. 8 which will include firearms training at the Jim Jones 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 and K-9 Operations
• Driving Under the Influence
• Volunteer Programs with AZ DPS, Gila CO SO, Payson PD
• Dispatch and Jail Operations
• Constitutional Law and Superior Court
• Firearms and Use of Force
The Citizens Law Enforcement Academy is open to all persons 18 and older who currently reside in Gila County.
Applications can be picked up at the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Payson Police Department and some local merchants in the Pine/Strawberry area.
A background check will be completed on all applicants. Class size will be limited to the first 40 applicants who pass the background check.
If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Tim Scott at the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, (928) 474-2208, ext. 2824.