On May 10, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher welcomed nine newly graduated deputies to the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, two police officers from other agencies have recently transferred to YCSO and will begin patrol duties soon. They are Deputy Michael Pierce and Deputy Adam Hansen. This will put 11 additional deputies in patrol positions throughout Yavapai County.
The ceremony took place at the Yavapai College Performance Hall and involved a total of 20 graduates from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) in Prescott Valley. Sponsoring agencies also receiving graduates included the Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments, Cottonwood Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office and the Navajo Department of Public Safety.
Before the ceremony, Sheriff Mascher and the Academy Commander, YCSO Captain David Rhodes, had an opportunity to congratulate each recruit during a formal inspection.
Three the four class awards were given to YCSO deputy graduates. Deputy John Farrier was selected for the Outstanding Physical Fitness award. Deputy John Mattox received the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Deputy Duane Doty, Jr., received the Class 32 Honor Recruit award.