The UAPD Training Unit, headed by Sgt. Alejandro Garcia, oversees the training of all UAPD employees and is responsible for the yearly continuing training and certification of police officers from the moment of hire and throughout the officer’s employment at UAPD. The Training Unit works with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to ensure officer certifications remain current. This is accomplished through ongoing training in such areas as: legal updates, search and seizure, firearms, TASER, driving, defensive tactics, less lethal munitions and impact weapons.

The Training Unit is also involved with the initial certification process for recruit police officers. The Training Unit serves as the departmental liaison for recruits as they attend the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center’s (SALETC) 17-week Basic Peace Officer Academy. Following the academy, the Training Unit coordinates post-basic training for the new officers and monitors the Field Training Phase that the new officers must complete before they are released to operate in a solo capacity.

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