On November 12, 2013, 19 students of the Salt River Police Academy graduated from the 9 week course and became class #9. The 19 student graduates received the following; a certificate of graduation signed by President Enos and Chief Patrick R. Melvin, Police Chief Coin of Excellence and a Citizen Academy shirt.
The Graduation was held at Casino Arizona and the ceremony started with a prayer by our youngest graduate and Police Explore Gabriel Wood. After the prayer we began to fill our bellies with Casino Arizona’s GREAT buffet (We all ate way too much). During dinner all academy graduates, their family and SRPD staff were able to sit together and enjoy each other’s; company talking about our experiences. One graduate talked about a K-9 demonstration including the scared expression of the cop who was getting into the K-9 bite suit. I also heard other graduates telling their families about all the knowledgeable information they learned about SRPD and police work.
Our Crime Scene Specialist, Rashelle Marquez, who is also our Departments photographer made a slide show for class #9 which we all enjoyed. It showed class#9 and their experiences throughout the academy which included an overview of the department and its functions, responsibilities and operational procedures. Class #9 was taught by police officers, police executives and highly specialized civilian employees of SRPD. Class #9 lead instructors were Sgt. Lomay, Sgt. Morel, Officer Lasley and Det. Cendejas. In addition, citizens had the opportunity to interact with Chief Patrick Melvin and other members of the Department.
Throughout the academy, classes are conducted in a variety of formats. These may consist of demonstrations, discussions, lectures and interactive exercises including:
• Salt River Police History
• Recruitment and Training
• Police/Fire Communications
• Salt River Department of Corrections
• Criminal Investigations
• Evidence Gathering
• Driving under the influence
• Community Policing
• School Resource Officers/Explorers
Activities and demonstrations include:
• Simulated traffic stop/scenarios
• K-9 demonstration
• Salt River Rangers
As the certificates were given out several students of Class #9 were happy yet sad that the class was completed. During the course, the Police Officers and the students were able to build a memorable and solid relationship that we will cherish for a life time.
Please help SRPD congratulate SRPD citizen academy class #9.