The Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy is helping fill the ranks of 11 Arizona law enforcement agencies. The academy based at Yavapai College bestowed badges on 22 men and women during a graduation ceremony Dec. 13.
The ceremony culminated a 20-week academy for NARTA Class 45. Roger Medrano, a Flagstaff Police recruit and class president described the academy as “challenging, relevant and realistic” in remarks to graduates and their loved ones in the audience. “I know we will never be unprepared for what lies ahead in our law enforcement careers,” he said.
Following her final NARTA graduation remarks, retiring YC President Dr. Penny Wills was honored for strengthening the college’s partnerships with the law enforcement agencies that rely on NARTA.
“One thing Dr. Wills can be certain of is that she has made a difference,” said Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell. “She has literally made an impact on every citizen in Arizona because every police officer that is trained here stays here.”
In his keynote address, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb called on the 22 NARTA grads to be disciplined, calm, grounded and hardworking. “If you are the hardest working deputy or police officer in your agency, you’ll always be successful in your career,” he said.
Lamb told the audience the latest group of NARTA graduates is evidence that “there are still people out there who are courageous enough to do this job.”
More than 1,000 law enforcement careers have been launched at NARTA since its inception in 1998. The training academy has long been based at YC’s Prescott Valley Center. The academy is moving to new and remodeled space at the Prescott Campus in January.
Following are the NARTA Class 45 graduates and their respective law enforcement agencies: Michael C. Garcia, Chino Valley Police, Zachary D. Haglin, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Angel Arzola Ortega, Elijah Kim and Roger R. Medrano, Flagstaff Police, Brennan D. Torivio, Hop Resource Enforcement Services, Patrick T. Evans, Payson Police, Dugan J. Cameron, Benjamin L. Cook, Broque L. Draper and Jake D. Pratt, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholas Cerda, Jonathan Ray Kennedy, Mack Robertson and Anthony V. Tayler, Prescott Police, Ryan J. Heggestad, Garrett Rozendaal and Cody Skvarek, Prescott Valley Police, Grace I. Guerra, Williams Police, Samuel T. Contreras, Nicholas L. Henderson and Timothy Todd Hinrichs, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Preston P. Brogdon, Yavapai-Apache Nation Police Department.