Professional Standards & Training

All Prescott Valley Police Department employees dedicate themselves to providing the highest level of professional service to the community we serve. Our new Police Officers take an oath of office pledging that they will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of according to the best of my ability.

AZPOST Peace Officer Course
Before becoming sworn officers with our agency, Prescott Valley Police Officer Trainees undergo the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) Basic Peace Officer Course with a minimum of 585 hours of mandated training. Some officers who come to work for our agency who were sworn police officers from another state may elect to complete the AZPOST waiver examination to obtain their AZPOST certification. AZPOST academies provide police trainees with all of the tools and resources necessary to successfully complete all of the academy requirements and pass a Comprehensive Final Examination to become AZPOST Certified.

The AZPOST Board was created by an act of the 28th Arizona legislature on July 1, 1968 as the Arizona Law Enforcement Officer Advisory Council. The name was officially changed to its present form on July 17, 1994. The board was originally created to address the need for minimum peace officer selection, recruitment, retention, and training standards, and to provide curriculum and standards for all certified law enforcement training facilities. Currently the board provides services to approximately 170 law enforcement agencies encompassing over 15,000 sworn peace officers, 9,000 correctional service officers, and 16 academies.

The mission of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board is to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence, and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers. Their vision is to produce and maintain the most professional peace officers in America.

Professional Standards & Training Unit
In support of the AZPOST mission and vision, our Professional Standards and Training Unit (PSTU) is responsible for ensuring that our officers maintain their required continuous and proficiency training hours each year to maintain their AZPOST certifications. The unit also coordinates with internal instructors and outside sources to provide our officers and employees with a variety of additional available training opportunities in an effort to support innovative and professional policing and career development.

The PSTU maintains all training records according to AZPOST standards and requirements. In addition to training responsibilities, our PSTU is also assigned to review and investigate internal and external complaints, concerns and commendations.