Originally Published: January 21, 2018 5:58 a.m.
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher is praising Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to spend $837,000 in new funding for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST), which in turn, funds law enforcement academies across the state.
“On behalf of the board and all our member agencies, we are extremely grateful for the Governor’s support through this new funding which addresses diminishing revenues for basic police training around the state,” Mascher said. “This is truly a public safety issue and the Governor’s action will provide monies to continue and enhance the critical training of new police officers.”
In October 2017, the AZPOST Board, chaired by Mascher, met to discuss the critical issue of funding for basic police training. Police chiefs and sheriffs from all over the state provided testimony on these concerns to the board and the crucial need to maintain staffing levels in light of public safety at their respective agencies, said Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.
AZPOST has experienced a significant decline in revenue, nearly 33 percent, over the past 10 fiscal years. This revenue decline has resulted in an inability to properly support staffing levels, standards and compliance, police basic training, and advanced training, D’Evelyn said, adding, “It is important to note that funding for AZPOST is completely dependent upon monies received from the Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund (CJEF), and is not part of the state’s budget.”
Ducey’s decision came after 10 high-ranking law enforcement officials, including Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell, as well as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich spoke at the October meeting in favor of increasing funding for AZPOST.