On June 20, the Salt River Police Department’s newest police officers, Salvatore Riena and Orlando Calzadillas, were sworn-in by Chief Judge Ryan Andrews in a ceremony held in the Community Court building.
Both Officer Salvatore Riena and Orlando Calzadillas were hired by the Salt River Police Department and entered into the Mesa Police Academy on January 25 of this year. Over the course of 23 weeks, both police officer recruits received hundreds of hours of structured police related training that included but not limited to criminal justice system, ethics and professionalism, police and the Community, cultural awareness, interpersonal communications, crime prevention, first-aid, constitutional law, criminal law, traffic law, civil process, juvenile law, domestic violence, mental illness, drugs and intoxication cases, various crime investigations cases, bias motivated crimes, fires, crimes in-progress response, civil disputes, crowd control and tactics, all hazards response, search and seizure, investigations, identification of evidence, rules of evidence, crime scene investigation and management, interviewing, laws of arrest, report writing, courtroom demeanor, patrol procedures, DUI investigation, motor vehicle collision investigations, traffic direction, traffic citations, communication and Police Information Systems, high-risk stops, use-of-force and defensive tactics techniques, firearms, patrol, tactical and pursuit driving, physical fitness and stress management.
Each Police Officer Recruit had to take and successfully pass over 100 examinations and also demonstrate proficiency in each area to qualify for graduation from the Police Academy and become a police officer.
Officer Reina is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who had previously earned an Associate’s Degree from Glendale Community College while working at the Salt River Recreation Department.
“Being a Community member presented me with great opportunities such as going to school and having a stable job and other positive factors,” said Reina. “I decided to become a police officer to serve and give back to a Community that has already given me so much.”
Officer Orlando Calzadillas was born in Tucson Arizona, and raised Winkelman where he attended Hayden High School. Calzadillas attended Central Arizona College and is a member of the Arizona Air National Guard with two tours overseas. Calzadillas is the younger brother of Salt River Police Officer Francisco Calzadillas.
“It’s an honor to be a new police officer with the Salt River Police Department and I look forward to serving the Community,” said Calzadillas.
“The Community has great reason to be so proud of these two new Police Officers. Both Officer Calzadillas and Officer Riena purposely selected the SRPMIC to become police officers, each received academic honors as graduates from the Mesa Police Academy plus Officer Calzadillas for physical fitness and Officer Riena for firearms marksmanship. Officer Riena is a Community member who wanted to join the SRPD to Serve and Protect his Community. Both Officer Calzadillas and Officer Riena understand our Community-Based policing philosophy and I am positive they will provide our Community excellent police services,” said Chief Karl G. Auerbach.
Both Officer Calzadillas and Officer Riena will attend two weeks of post Police Academy classroom training with the Salt River Police Department called New Officer Training and Evaluation (NOTE) Program that delivers 80 hours of structured police related training absolutely specific to our SRPMIC, culture, history, traditions, SRPD mission, Community-based policing and how SRPD operates and how we deliver excellent service to our Community, including a meeting with Chief Auerbach to review the SRPD mission, Community-based policing mission, ethics and expectations, orientation and overview of NOTE training and FTO training programs.
They will receive additional instruction from all SRPD divisions and bureaus, investigations, resources, SRPD policies, procedures, pules, regulations, operations, computer systems, in-car-camera systems, observation of SRPD PSCD Communications Division (Police and Fire Dispatch), issuance of equipment, and practical exercises.
Meeting with President Delbert Ray, Sr., Vice-President Mr. Harvier and Executive Administration. Meeting and instruction from Professionals from SRPMIC Court, Tribal Prosecutors, Department of Corrections, Fire Department, Family Advocacy Center, Health and Human Services and many more. Plus both Officer Calzadillas and Officer Riena will attend our SRPMIC HR Department hosted New Employee Orientation (NEO) Training.
Then, both Officer Calzadillas and Riena will begin their standard 16-week Field Training Officer program. This program requires all newly hired Police Officers to work with several Certified Field Training Police Officers who will coach, mentor, guide and train on all SRPD policies, procedures, rules, regulations, operations, programs and introduce the new police officers to Community members by attending district meetings and visiting the many businesses in the Community. After completion, each police officer will be evaluated on their readiness to serve the Community as a solo beat officer.