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Prescott Valley police names two new commanders

The Prescott Valley Police Department recently promoted Detective Sergeant Art Askew and Lieutenant James Edelstein to the rank of Police Commander, said Cpl. Jennifer Miller, Prescott Valley Police Department spokeswoman.

The promotions of Commander Askew to oversee the support services division and Commander Edelstein to lead the field services division took effect on Monday, Oct. 24, and were the result of a recently held testing process where Commanders Askew and Edelstein were identified as exceptional candidates, Miller said.

Commander Askew began his law enforcement career in 1992 in upstate New York before coming to the Prescott Valley Police Department in 1994, where he worked in patrol, the criminal investigation section. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998.

As sergeant, Askew worked as a patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, special weapons and tactics commander, K-9 supervisor, field training officer supervisor, and the violent crimes against women unit supervisor among several other assignments, Miller said. Askew lives in Prescott Valley with his wife of 18 years and their two children.

Commander Edelstein began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office before coming to the Prescott Valley Police Department in 1998, where he worked in patrol, the criminal investigations section, and was promoted to sergeant in 2005.

Edelstein has been a member of the S.W.A.T. team and is currently the S.W.A.T. commander.

Edelstein has served as the department's range master and has worked as a patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, and Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy sergeant before being promoted to the lieutenant of the field services division in 2010. Edelstein resides in Prescott Valley with his wife of 18 years and their three sons.

A promotional ceremony for the commanders that is open to the public will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Town of Prescott Valley Council Chambers. For more information about the ceremony, please call Candi McElhaney at 928-772-5162.

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