Oct 242012

By Naomi Hatch
Each Tuesday night since Aug. 22, a group of approximately 20 citizens have come together to participate in the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department Citizens Academy. STPD, in partnership with Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, sponsored the event featuring classes on traffic enforcement, gangs, drugs, criminal investigations, use of force, special weapons and tactics, K-9 and taser.
Instructors have taught participants what the police officers do and why they do it.
A highlight of the classes was the K-9 demonstration, even though STPD Officer Russell Sipes suffered a bite.
MCAT (Major Crimes Apprehension Team) taser instructor Detective Martin gave the taser class, which ended with a demonstration that included tasering volunteers Steve Skeels and Rod Campbell.
That same evening the SWAT team was on hand to give a demonstration.
Members of the class will graduate on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Photo by Naomi Hatch
Rod Campell (center), one of the participants in the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department Citizens Academy, volunteered for the taser demonstration. Sgt. Butora of the Show Low Police Department (left) and Nik Arney (right) keep him from being hurt as he begins to fall.