Why choose NPC?
In partnership with the law enforcement agencies of both Apache and Navajo counties, Northland Pioneer College now offers intensive police officer training through its Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (NALETA).
- NALETA is designed to meet the official state law enforcement officer certification standards set by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AzPOST) agency.
- The academy offers a 18-week intensive curriculum that meets Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for your convenience. [Contact NALETA for the date of the next Academy.]
- Classes are divided between lecture and hands-on training and provide 700 hours of classroom instruction.
- Graduates earn 36 hours of NPC college credit.
- Faculty members include certified law enforcement officers and staff from the Navajo County Attorney’s Office.
NALETA only enrolls trainees sponsored by a local law enforcement agency.
Potential recruits must first apply to a police department or sheriff’s office where they wish to begin their law enforcement career. The selected agency determines applicant eligibility. Basic minimums require applicants be U.S. citizens, 21 years of age (or be 21 by the end of academy training) who have a high school diploma or GED. For a complete list of Arizona eligibility requirements, visit the AzPOST website and select “Certification Process” in the header.
Determining academy eligibility can take from four to eight weeks so applicants should contact the selected law enforcement agency well before the start of classes.
Why Study Law Enforcement
If you want a rewarding career where you don't sit behind a desk, where you enjoy team camaraderie and where you have the opportunity to help and protect others, law enforcement could be an excellent career choice.
You must be in good physical condition, possess solid communication skills and have the decision-making abilities and temperament to successfully manage stressful and often dangerous situations.
In return, as a law enforcement officer, you earn a good salary that includes valuable insurance and retirement benefits.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a stable outlook for jobs with local law enforcement agencies. However, openings at the state and federal level are regarded as exceptionally competitive. In Apache and Navajo counties, the chances for employment are enhanced by the presence of this centrally-located academy training as most law enforcement agencies prefer previously certified applicants. NALETA graduates who become POST-certified generally may gain initial employment as reserve officers and enjoy a decisive hiring edge when regular officer positions become available.
In Arizona, the average salary for a law enforcement officer is close to $60,700 a year. Smaller agencies in non-metropolitan areas of northern Arizona pay, on average, about $49,500 a year plus insurance and retirement benefits (BLS, May 2015).
Northeast Arizona Training Center
(Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute)
1840 Papermill Rd.
in Taylor, Arizona
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).