Navajo Public Safety Division Welcomes Graduate Officers

The 52nd NPTA class will graduate on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at the Wildcat Den in Chinle, Arizona.

Published June 20, 2018

CHINLE, Ariz. — The Navajo Division of Public Safety will welcome 12 new police officers to the ranks of the Navajo Police Department (NPD) on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The officers will graduate from the 52nd Navajo Police Training Academy (NPTA) class and be sworn in at a ceremony to be held at the Wildcat Den in Chinle, Ariz. Chief of Police Phillip Francisco said this will be the first academy class to graduate from the NPTA in more than 10 years. The NPTA is the only police academy operated by a sovereign First Nation.

The 52nd NPTA class has accomplished many firsts. Graduates will be the first to receive their federal peace officer commissions by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the United States Indian Police Academy (IPA). This is the first class to exceed the national gender composition average of 13 percent for female officers. Half of Class 52 is female.

Class 52 will be the first NPD officers to deploy body cameras to increase accountability, improve evidence collection and enhance prosecution of domestic violence cases. This is also the first class of cadets to elect to receive 24 college credit hours from Navajo Technical University (NTU) to contribute toward associate degrees. The credit hours also contribute to law enforcement professional certificates.

These firsts are part of an enhanced program transforming the way cadets are trained by the NPD for service to the Navajo Nation.

The NPD reformed the way it recruits, evaluates, selects and trains police candidates. The department secured feedback from NTU, the IPA, BIA law enforcement partners, Navajo Department of Personnel Management and internal staff. As part of the new process, NPD is attending regional and state job fairs, increasing its radio advertisement, advertising vacancies nationally and providing important information to potential cadets through the Nation’s personnel management website.

The cadets learned the laws of the Navajo Nation and Arizona, and the requirements of the federal Major Crimes Act. They received instruction in police procedure, firearms usage, de-escalation techniques, effective community communication techniques and First Aid. The cadets are trained on mobile laptops, enabling them to be more productive in completing reports, retaining information and enhancing their professional skills.

The newest class includes four college graduates and four who have served in the military or are currently in the reserves. Two are conversant in Navajo. All have been immersed in Dine’ Fundamental teachings for community-oriented policing, conflict resolution and restoration of harmony.

Class 52 cordially invites all of our community to participate in the graduation festivities on June 22, at 10:00 AM at the Wildcat Den in Chinle, Ariz.

The NPD has 191 officers, while being responsible for a service area of 27,000 square miles and a service population of 174,000 people. NPD officers have Navajo Nation, federal and state peace officer responsibilities.

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