On November 12, the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) held a ceremony for the promotion of its newest sergeants: Anslem Flores, Jared Leonard and Christopher Morin. These officers participated in a competitive testing process that included both a written and oral board examination. Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Law Enforcement Commission assisted with selection of the new SRPD sergeants.
“The people being promoted today are seizing the opportunity to emerge as the future of this organization. As a department, we will have the opportunity to allow their talents, experience and enthusiasm develop new ways to achieve our goals,” said SRPD Chief Patrick R. Melvin as he presented the new sergeants with their badges.
Flores, Leonard and Morin scored the highest in the areas of Command Supervision, Criminal Investigation, Leadership and Community Policing. Upon completion of the testing process, each had to complete a 40-hour Police Supervision course conducted by the SRPD prior to receiving their new assignments.
Sgt. Flores is a member of the Tohono O’Odham Nation and a military veteran. He has served the SRPD in numerous capacities for nearly 15 years, including time as a School Resource Officer and a Field Training Officer. He recently was recognized by the department as the Sworn Supervisor of the Year after serving the department as an acting sergeant in 2015.
Sgt. Jared Leonard is a 10-year veteran of law enforcement who has served on numerous assignments, including being a K-9 handler and a member of the state’s Narcotic Task Force. During his time with the SRPD, he has been primarily in patrol, where he helped train newly hired officers in the Field Training Officer Program. It was in that capacity that Sgt. Leonard received a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work as a field trainer.
Sgt. Christopher Morin is an 11-year veteran of the SRPD. In 2007, he transferred to the Traffic Enforcement Bureau, where he received recognition for his outstanding work as a motor officer. Sgt. Morin is a certified instructor for motor officers, a Drug Recognition Expert for DUI investigations, a certified accident reconstructionist, served as a Field Training Officer, and has received SRPD Community Policing, Meritorious Service and Life-Saving awards.