Northland Pioneer College, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies in Navajo and Apache counties, sponsors the Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (NALETA). The Academy is held at the Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute (Northeast Arizona Training Center) located in Taylor, AZ.
NALETA is a fully certified, Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST) “closed” academy, meaning students must be “sponsored” by a law enforcement agency. Recruits attend an eighteen week academy, receiving over 700 hours of law enforcement training.
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 they are attending; 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 www.azpost.state.az.us and clicking on the “Certification Process” link in the navigation bar. Anyone interested in becoming a law enforcement officer can contact their local police or sheriff’s office.