The Gila County Attorney’s Office recently named a Payson officer as the top officer this quarter for help in prosecuting crimes.
Sgt. Jason Hazelo, a 13-year Payson veteran, has testified many times. His work as a drug recognition expert at trial has had a tremendous impact on the community, said the Gila County Attorney’s Office in a press release.
Four times each year, the GCAO recognizes a member of the Gila County law enforcement community after reviewing numerous recommendations.
Hazelo best illustrates an exemplary attitude and work ethic, said Bradley Beauchamp, county attorney, after presenting the award to Hazelo April 16 during a Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting.
“Sgt. Hazelo successfully kept the pressure on methamphetamine dealers in and around the Payson area for many years and Gila County continues to see the benefits of his work to this day,” Beauchamp said. “He is thorough and always takes the time to document his investigations in complete reports. He has also been extremely helpful in preparing cases for trial and has the wonderful ability to communicate effectively and with compassion with our victims.”
Besides leading the patrol squad, Hazelo is a member of the Special Response Team, a drug recognition expert, a phlebotomist, D.A.R.E. instructor and general police instructor.
Since joining the PPD in January 2000, Hazelo has worked as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, general detective, special enforcement sergeant and is now patrol sergeant.
“He has made a positive impact on those he supervises and shows expertise in coaching and guiding his subordinates into becoming high quality police officers.
“Sgt. Hazelo is a true asset to the Payson Police Department and to Gila County.”