The mission of the Basic Training Unit is to conduct an annual review and revision of the basic peace officer curriculum taught at the 15 law enforcement academies throughout the State. The Basic Training Curriculum consists of 88 lesson plans, which include classroom and proficiency skills training, along with reality based training scenarios. The curriculum spans 663 hours of basic training.
The Basic Training Unit is also responsible to ensure the Comprehensive Final Exam, given to each police recruit at the conclusion of their academy training, contains current and relevant test questions derived from the basic peace officer curriculum.
The Basic Training Unit also facilitates AZPOST proficiency instructor schools, to include Firearms, Tactical Driving, Defensive Tactics, High Risk Vehicles Stops, and Physical Fitness and works in tandem with established Subject Matter Expert Instructors and Committees for the review, revision, and development of basic peace officer curriculum.
Lori Wait - Basic Training Manager, [email protected], (602) 774-9367
Aaron Thomas - Training Specialist, [email protected], (602) 774-9301. Aaron is responsible for working with established AZ POST Subject Matter Expert (SME) instructors and Committees, the SME shadow process, and facilitation of AZ POST instructor schools.
Rick VanKeuren - Training Specialist, [email protected], (602) 774-9386. Rick is responsible for Basic Curriculum review, revision and development in concert with AZ POST SME Committees and is an active instructor in AZ POST basic and advanced training curriculum.
Michael Puente - Training Specialist, [email protected], (602) 774-9371. Mike is responsible for Basic Curriculum review, revision and development in concert with AZ POST SME Committees and is an active instructor in AZ POST basic and advanced training curriculum.
Tammy Schliefer - Administrative Assistant, [email protected], (602) 774-9358. Tammy is responsible for AZ POST academy administration, Vendor approvals for training classes, processing of Specialist Instructor applications, and all administrative functions for Basic and Advanced Training.
AZPOST Instructor Schools
A schedule of AZPOST instructor schools is located in the AZPOST Agency Self Service Center, which can be accessed by the designated Training Coordinator for each law enforcement agency in the State. To register for an instructor school, please contact your Agency Training Coordinator as they have the ability to register officers for classes.