THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s next nine-month police academy is scheduled to begin August 8, 2006; and several steps must be taken during March to be prepared for acceptance into the limited-seat program.
EAC’s police academy has been designed to allow area residents the opportunity to become full AZPOST certified police officers without leaving the Gila Valley or their current jobs.
For some prior EAC police academies, persons desiring to attend had to be sponsored by a law enforcement agency. This is no longer the case with a new concept known as ‘open enrollment.’
Steve Johnson, EAC police academy director, says that persons wanting to join the academy must meet strict guidelines including a detailed look at the applicant’s background history along with a polygraph, medical exam, testing, and interview. However in addition to open enrollment, several local law enforcement agencies will again be sponsoring well-qualified applicants. Contact Johnson for a list of agencies. Cadets are responsible for their own expenses, but may qualify for federal financial aid.
Training will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–10 p.m. and all day on Saturdays.
Further information can be obtained by calling Johnson at 428-8385, or via the Internet at www.eac.edu/academy . This website includes all of the necessary information and forms needed to apply.
Applications are due by 5 p.m., March 31, 2006 to be considered on a first come-first served basis. If there is space available in the program, a second consideration of applications will be examined on April 29, 2006. -30-