Published July 20, 2016
TSAILE, ARIZONA – Diné College is developing a plan to train police officers and establish a new police academy, according to a press release from the college.
The initiative stems from a June 28 meeting between Diné College leaders and the Navajo Nation’s Law and Order Committee.
Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Stanley Ashley stated at the meeting, “The lack of police officers is a huge concern.”
Inspired by the committee’s commitment to this imperative, Diné College is immediately pursuing a historic multi-state compact to fast-track the preparation of a significant number of new police officers for the Navajo Nation, the release states.
The college will partner with communities, institutions, and other key entities in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
This plan, according to the release, will develop and implement a memorandum of understanding among all key stakeholders which will be centered on providing tailored educational services to prepare law enforcement professionals — as well as on securing land, facilities, equipment, and technology required to establish a state-of-the-art Navajo Nation Police Academy.
In the release, Diné College’s Interim President, Martin Ahumada, and Diné College’s Board of Regents President, Greg Bigman, applauded the committee for their “unwavering commitment to address this Navajo Nation imperative in the most successful and timely manner possible.”
The Law and Order Committee will review the memorandum of understanding this month.
Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.