Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Academy starts in August

10-month program created by Northland Pioneer College

TAYLOR, Ariz. - Northland Pioneer College (NPC), in partnership with local law enforcement agencies in Navajo and Apache counties, is creating the Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (NALETA), with the first class scheduled to begin Aug. 2 at the Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute (Northeast Arizona Training Center).

NALETA will be a fully certified, 10-month, 585-hour Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST) "closed" academy, meaning students must be "sponsored" by a law enforcement agency. Recruits will attend NPC classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights and all day on Saturdays at the NATC, 1840 W. Papermill Road, in Taylor.

The sponsorship application process usually takes four to eight weeks, so it is important for potential recruits to start the process as soon as possible. At a minimum, this sponsorship requires a prospective recruit be at least 21 years of age by the end of the academy in May 2013; and be able to pass a variety of testing processes, which will include physical agility and written tests, background investigation and polygraph.

Further information concerning AzPOST eligibility requirements can be found online at and clicking on the "Certification Process" link in the left navigation bar, or by contacting the police or sheriff's office where you would like to begin your law enforcement career.

Information can also be obtained by contacting Stuart Bishop, NPC's director of public safety and NALETA director, (928) 536-2462 or email


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