PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Thursday that the state is spending $ 7.5 million in federal COVID relief funding to increase skills training for law enforcement.
The CARES law money will be used to expand Law Enforcement Training Academy at Arizona Western College, a community college in Yuma.
“By increasing the capacity of this advanced training facility in southern Arizona, state law enforcement personnel will have the unique opportunity to learn about the challenges of protecting Arizonans in the border communities and across the state, ”Ducey said in a statement. Press release.
The academy offers a 20-week program fully accredited by the Arizona Peace Officer Training and Standards Council.
“This funding will allow AWC to build a regional training center serving local law enforcement agencies across rural Arizona,” school president Dr. Daniel Corr said in the statement. .
Arizona Western has been training law enforcement cadets since 1984 and works with 15 agencies in the region.
“By simply working together towards a common goal, the vision of a new, expanded and modern basic training academy for certified essential peace officers is a reality,” Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, a former student of the academy, said in the statement.
“What an outstanding achievement from everyone involved and a benefit to public safety for the Yuma County community for years to come. “
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