Detention and Deputy Training Programs

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Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy

The basic training program provides the recruits with the highest quality of law enforcement training. Recruits will acquire the needed knowledge, develop necessary skills, and become confident in their ability to become successful peace officers. This academy hosts recruits from all over Northern Arizona. 20-week police academy; 24 college credits paid for by YCSO upon completion of the academy.

The basic training program is designed to introduce recruits to law enforcement work. The training provided will be demanding, as is the job of law enforcement. The experience at NARTA will challenge the recruit mentally, physically, and academically, while at the same time, lay a foundation for advanced training.

In order to assure the best possible chance of future success, attention to detail, individual responsibility, self-discipline, autonomy, and teamwork, amongst other qualities will be stressed and required. The academy staff will provide a positive, professional environment for recruits so they may acquire needed knowledge, develop necessary physical skills, and become confident in their ability to become successful peace officers.

Basic Training Course

This program is a 20-week course encompassing 800 training hours. In addition to the 585 basic police curriculum, the program includes:

  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Operation Certification
  • Impaired Driver Detection
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Training/Wet Workshop
  • Taser Certification
  • Response to Active Shooter, Vehicle Escapes, and Officer/Citizen Rescues
  • Lesson of the Holocaust
  • Blue Courage Certification
  • Street Medicine
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Field Problems Practical

Learn about class locations and times, placement tests, minimum physical conditioning standards, 

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Yavapai Detention Academy

The Yavapai Detention Academy provides a unique opportunity for a consistent initial training experience.  This experience is designed to develop the performance and shape the attitudes of Recruits in order to increase their professionalism and ability to function in an institutional environment.  Self-discipline is essential to the Academy.  Personal discipline is fundamental to the ability of an Agency’s personnel to function as professionals (i.e., respect for self and authority, teamwork, and the ability to receive and carry out orders).  Only those Officers who display proper behavior, attitudes, and competencies will be recommended for completion of the YCSO Detention Academy.

During your time in the Academy, you will be required to participate in physical training periods (PT) that increase in difficulty as the Academy progresses.  The Academy Cadre is aware that each Recruit enters the Academy at different physical fitness levels.  Each Recruit is expected to work at their full potential during physical training and to show improvement throughout the duration of the Academy.

Basic Training Program

The YDA is based at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Verde Detention Services Division and consist of a 9-week program with a total of 360 hours of training to include:

  • Use of Force
  • Inmate Classification
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Taser Certification
  • Oleoresin Capsaicin (OC) Certification
  • CPR Certificate
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
  • Search Techniques
  • Report Writing
  • Practical Scenarios
  • Defensive Tactics (DT)