Sahuarita police looking to add officers for growing city

(Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: KOLD News 13)
Published: May. 31, 2018 at 10:21 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 14, 2018 at 6:48 AM MST
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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Sahuarita Police Department is looking for people to join them in making the growing city a safe place to live, work, and play.

In the year 2000, Sahuarita had around 3,000 residents. Presently, police say they serve nearly 30,000 people. To keep up with that growth Sahuarita police are looking to add four officers to the department.

The deadline to apply to be a Sahuarita police officer has been extended June 4. You can apply by clicking HERE.

Officer Daniel Rodriguez who has been on the job for less than a year, says Sahuarita stood out to him amidst the other law enforcement options he had because he liked the feel of the area.

"I liked their camaraderie and their teamwork. I saw that it was a small department with a lot of growth in the future and it keeps growing since I got here," Rodriguez said.

Representatives of the department say Rodriguez is an exemplary officer, with a lot of talent. But he, like everyone else, had to go through a long process to get to where he is now.

For the Sahuarita Police Department it all starts with the application. Required with that application is a notarized AZPOST Background with the required attachments of:

  • A high school diploma or GEDDD-214 (if applicable)
  • A birth certificate or other verification of citizenship
  • Minimum 21 years old upon when you would graduate from police academy
  • Drivers license at time of appointment

If a candidate is deemed successful by Sahuarita PD they have to go through another wave of tests and checks to proceed onward in the process. That next wave includes The Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test, a written assessment, an oral board assessment, a background investigation, a polygraph, a psychological exam, and a medical exam that includes a drug test, and checking the eyes and ears.

After completing all of that officers will go through a 21-week academy through the Pima County Sheriffs Office or training through the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center. Then, finally, a 16 to 17-week field training at Sahuarita Police Department, including a week to learn how to do the department's forms and how they go about their investigations.

For Rodriguez, that extensive process was worth it. He's gained a sense of family and is happy to do what makes him happy, working as a police officer in a welcoming place.

"The community is very pro law enforcement," Rodriguez said. "Everywhere I go they wave "Hi" and they're excited to see us, which is very welcoming," he said.

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