SRPD Reports

Indian Country Intelligence Network: Police Officer of the Year 2011

By Detective Vicente Cendejas

Salt River Police Department,

The Indian Country Intelligence Network (ICIN) selected Salt River Police Department (SRPD) officer Ricky Gwaltney as the Police Officer of the Year for 2011. Officer Gwaltney was recognized for his contributions and received his award at a public ceremony held at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) building on December 6. 

The Indian Country Intelligence Network, founded in 1994, was the first Indian Country law enforcement organization to create a statewide partnership, between all 21 of Arizona’s Indian tribes. The ICIN is composed of law-enforcement executives from tribal law enforcement and corrections agencies, as well as representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and state and municipal agencies throughout Arizona. It was founded by SRPD Assistant Chief Karl Auerbach and continues to recognize outstanding contributions and officers in Indian Country.

Officer Gwaltney was selected for his many contributions to Indian Country and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Officer Gwaltney’s supervisor, Sgt. Jeremiah Rangel, had the following to say about Officer Gwaltney:
“In March of 2009, Officer Ricky Gwaltney began his service with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He had recently retired from the Mesa Police Department, where he had over 30 years of service. During his service with the Mesa Police Department, Officer Gwaltney served in many capacities. He was a patrol officer, a detective and a narcotics officer. His training, experience and expertise would certainly be an asset to the Salt River Police Department. Officer Gwaltney is the best of the best. He is the model for others to follow. What makes it most impressive is that he is a 30-year veteran. Most officers with his experience are either retired or are behind a desk telling stories about ‘When I was on patrol.’ Not Officer Gwaltney; he leads from the front. He patrols the streets with the vigor of a rookie but the street sense of a veteran. I admire and respect him.”

All those who know him say Officer Gwaltney is a true leader and role model for current and future SRPD officers. Officer Gwaltney has always shown the utmost respect to all Community members and peers in all he does. Salt River thanks Officer Gwaltney for his continued service and anticipates that he will continue to excel in his position.

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