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Police departments in nine towns in the West Valley have worked with Glendale Community College to launch a full-time law enforcement training academy to meet the needs of their respective communities.
The nine cities, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Surprise, Tolleson and Wickenburg will begin sending their new police recruits to the Glendale Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy (GCC LETA).
The first class of the academy will begin training on Monday, September 26. An opening ceremony will take place at noon on Tuesday, September 27.
The collaborative nature of this academy will strengthen the relationship between West Valley agencies and improve consistent protocols for incidents requiring a multi-agency response, explains a GCC press release. Dr. Genea Stephens, director of law enforcement training at Glendale Community College, noted that “the need for an additional full-time police academy in the West Valley has become a critical need at as the West Valley develops and other police training options have become. more limited. »
The academy’s first class will consist of approximately 30 recruits, with the goal of training 100 recruits per year. Graduates will receive a certificate in law enforcement from Glendale Community College, which is equivalent to 40 hours of academic credit. This is in addition to certification of peace officers by the Arizona Peace Officers Training and Standards Board.
Training will be held at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Multi-Jurisdiction Training Center, 11550 W. Glendale Ave. Instructors and equipment such as cars, ammunition, etc., will be provided by each of the participating city police departments.
Chiefs of police and officials from the nine towns in the West Valley, as well as representatives from the GCC, will be present at the opening ceremony of the GCC LETA. The event will include a guard of honor and welcoming remarks from the Chiefs and Leaders of the GCC.
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