FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College played host to the Basic Detention Officer Academy Graduation on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Lone Tree Campus Commons.
Since 2004, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Coconino Community College and the Arizona Detention Association to design and implement a Basic Detention Academy for detention officers. The first class was offered in January 2005.
The academy provides entry level training to detention officer staff. Students admitted to the academy must be hired or recommended by an approved law enforcement agency. The 13 credit curriculum consists of six weeks of intense training and is designed to meet Arizona Detention Association standards. Training combines academic, tactical, physical fitness, and team building classes. The 13 credits may be applied toward an Associate degree in the Administration of Justice program at CCC.
The Keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony was Coconino County Sheriff William Pribil. He told the graduates that they were positive role models for the detention center and for the community. The special guest speaker was the Dean of Career and Technical Education, Dr. Monica Baker. Baker spoke about the graduates and her interaction with success, telling them to never stop driving toward larger goals. The graduates were sworn in by Flagstaff Justice of the Peace Judge Brian Kolb.
The eight graduates of the Basic Detention Officer Academy included: Class leader Christopher Anderson (Academic award), Maria Angleton (Academic award), Naomi Barnett, Dustin Hemp, Stephanee Nez (Most Improved Physical Training award), Gary Ormsby (Overall Fitness award and Valuable Cadet award), Walter Suchowiejko (Academic award - highest), and Kelly Vickers.