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Jul 102013
 

Area law enforcement agencies are welcoming 13 graduates from the first class of Northland Pioneer College’s Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (NALETA) who received their badges during a graduation ceremony held July 3 at NPC’s Performing Arts Center in Snowflake/Taylor.
The ceremony concluded the 11-month intensive Arizona Police Officer Standards Training (AzPOST) certified academy, “with over 800 hours of classroom instruction and 500 or more hours spent outside in physical fitness and hands-on training and studying,” noted Stuart Bishop, NPC’s director of Public Safety Education and NALETA director. “To succeed, a recruit must be dedicated and willing to endure the intensive academic and physical training required.”
Each recruit is sponsored by a local law enforcement agency, which pays a majority of the recruit’s academy expenses. Academy classes meet two weeknights and all day on Saturday, allowing local residents to maintain their current jobs while preparing to become a certified law enforcement officer in less than a year.
Joining the Apache County Sheriff’s Office will be John Koellen and Dale Sloan. Stratton Hatch received his badge from the Holbrook Police Department. Samuel Partrick and Nathanial Simonson are joining the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.
Eduardo Bonilla Jr. is the newest member of the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department. Ashley Ketron, Michael Limppo and Tanner Powell are now Show Low Police officers. Chase Carlson joins the Snowflake/Taylor Police Department.
The Springerville Police Department welcomes Quintin McCue. Alicia Lopez and Adam Reeves are now members of the Winslow Police Department.
“NALETA is an asset to law enforcement in the White Mountains,” said Jeffrey Smythe, former chief of the Show Low Police Department. “We find we cannot compete in the job market with salaries offered in the Phoenix area. We want to be able to hire local people for police jobs in our community. It is important that we get new officers who are already familiar with our community, the culture, and maybe even grew up here.”
“By recruiting and training locally, the agencies know the individual already has ties to the community, through family and housing. This has also been shown to improve the success rate for cadets in other academies,” said Bishop.
NPC, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies in Navajo and Apache counties, created NALETA to help reduce training costs for new officers. The agencies also assist by providing instructors.
“Using sworn officers from a variety of police agencies serves a dual purpose in providing career development for our existing staff, as well as providing a cost-effective instructor pool for the college,” added Smythe.
Centrally located at the Northeast Arizona Training Center (Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute) in Taylor, NALETA is a fully accredited AzPOST “closed” academy. This means students can only enroll under the sponsorship of a law enforcement agency.
Individuals interested in completing law enforcement training locally should contact the police or sheriff’s office where they would like to begin their law enforcement career or Stuart Bishop immediately to begin the application process. The next NALETA class begins Aug. 3.
Further information concerning AzPOST eligibility requirements can be found online at www.azpost.state.az.us and clicking on the “Certification Process” link in the left navigation bar.
Contact Bishop at (928) 536-6265, stuart.bishop@npc.edu or on NPC’s website at http://www.npc.edu/law-enforcement-training.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College Adam Reeves (left) receives his badge from Winslow Police Chief Steve Garnett.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College
Adam Reeves (left) receives his badge from Winslow Police Chief Steve Garnett.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College Navajo County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel Partrick  (left) receives his badge from Sheriff KC Clark.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College
Navajo County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel Partrick (left) receives his badge from Sheriff KC Clark.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark (right) welcomes one of his newest deputies, Nathaniel Simonson.

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Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark (right) welcomes one of his newest deputies, Nathaniel Simonson.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College New Snowflake-Taylor Police Officer Chase Carlson receives congratulations from Chief Jerry VanWinkle.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College
New Snowflake-Taylor Police Officer Chase Carlson receives congratulations from Chief Jerry VanWinkle.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College New Winslow Police Officer Ashley Lopez receives congratulations from Chief Steve Garnett.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College
New Winslow Police Officer Ashley Lopez receives congratulations from Chief Steve Garnett.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College Stratton Hatch (left) is welcomed to the Holbrook Police Department by Chief Mark Jackson.

Photo courtesy of Northland Pioneer College
Stratton Hatch (left) is welcomed to the Holbrook Police Department by Chief Mark Jackson.

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