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A delegation of APA leaders met with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to discuss training opportunities, new tools and continued liaison with Arizona's law enforcement officers.

42nd Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service

Monday, May 4th
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Wesley Bolin Memorial Mark
(Between 16 & 17th Avenue, Jefferson/Washington)

Officers are encouraged to wear uniforms and shrouds.

Every year, on the first Monday in May, the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board honors the officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families
Officers honored at the 2015 ceremony:

Detective John Hobbs
Phoenix Police Department
End of Watch March 3, 2014

Sergeant Brandon Mendoza
Mesa Police Department
End of Watch May 12, 2014

Officer Jair Cabrera
Salt River Police Department
End of Watch May 25, 2014

Agent Alexander Giannini
US Border Patrol
End of WatchMay 28, 2014

Officer Bryant Holmes
Chandler Police Department
End of Watch October 28, 2014

Officer David Payne
Chandler Police Department
End of Watch October 31, 2014

Officer Ernesto Montoya Sr.
Navajo Department of Public Safety
End of Watch November 30, 2014

Officer Tyler Stewart
Flagstaff Police Department
End of Watch December 27, 2014

Click here for more details, directions, how to register, how to become a supporter, scholarship application, etc.>>>

The passing of a hero – we will never forget


…and absolutely must continue. Representatives from the NAACP accepted an invitation to meet with PLEA President Joe Clure and PLEA Vice President Ken Crane to discuss the concerns of an aggrieved community with the recent officer involved shooting of an African American following a recent police contact. The group voiced disappointment with the lack of “honest” communication offered by law enforcement leadership and criticized releasing any information that indicts the conduct of the either of the participants and to do so in the wake of asking that everyone needs to “wait until we have the complete results of the investigation.” I was also at that same meeting for a portion of the discussion and was deeply moved by the issues brought forward by the group with particular focus on a press release issued by PLEA. The tone of the discussion was poignant, direct and addressed concerns of the African American community that these representatives believe are instrumental in fueling the perceptions of police and the decisions made by the police to take law enforcement action against members of the minority community. It became apparent that there was a respect for honesty by these community leaders and yet voicing a level of distrust with law enforcement when it came to transparency, their ability to investigate their own members and when appropriate, take action against work rule violations and more importantly violations of the law.

This was the first of many and continued discussions planned that PLEA, the NAACP, the APA and community leaders will have to deal with issues real and perceived that fetter positive relationships with African American and other minor community members.

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Join the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at the University of Phoenix Stadium on New Year’s Eve and become part of the pre-game ceremonies for the 2014 College Football Playoff (CFP) Fiesta Bowl as the University of Arizona takes on Boise State! 

The Fiesta Bowl is proud to announce a partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as they honor first responders from across America at the 2014 CFP Fiesta Bowl! 

This year, the first 300 tickets sold to first responders, sworn and unsworn employees, family members, friends and neighbors will be welcomed onto the field to unveil and present the field size United States Flag during pregame ceremonies.  Participants on the field must be at least 12 years of age. 

University of Arizona vs. Boise State
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2:00 PM
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Purchase tickets HERE
Use Promo Code: NLEOMF

The Fiesta Bowl is honored to partner with the Memorial Fund to honor all first responders (police, sheriffs, troopers, agents from city, county, state and federal agencies) and their families and friends at the CFP Fiesta Bowl!  This offer is valid for any first responder from all 50 states.  Imagine you and your family on the field for pre-game ceremonies and then up to your seats for a great afternoon of CFP Championship football.

Twenty percent ($15-33) from each ticket sold will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in honor of first responders.

Questions? Contact the Fiesta Bowl Ticket Office at 480-350-0911

Download the flyer for this event.

PTSD – is real and has become a silent killer of those who serve and protect

In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association,(APA) added PTSD to the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) nosologic classification scheme(2); as taken from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – PTSD: National Center for PTSD.

It is time for the law enforcement community, its leadership and most importantly, its employers, to recognize that PTSD is real and when left untreated or ignored (as in many cases) these health conditions can and have morphed into cop killers. We have a responsibility to these protectors and using the disciplinary process as a convenient tool of remediation or resolution is outrageous.

The Maricopa County Detention Officers Association has a new look.

Click here to see what experts have to say about the challenges posed by body cameras.






Hello all, We are currently recruiting for Adult Probation Officer. The position is posted externally and is scheduled to close on Tuesday, 9/23/2014. If you are interested in this position, you may go to and click on the “Employment” link to view the job posting and submit your application online. Make sure to complete your application as thoroughly as possible, especially the education and work history. Please Note: All education must be listed on the application, including whether or not you’ve graduated. If you only list this information when answering the supplemental question(s) it does not confirm whether or not you have met the minimum requirement. Please let me know if you should have any questions or if I may be of any assistance.

Citizen Law Enforcement Anti-Graffiti Initiative

held its monthly committee meeting at PLEA. Law enforcement and community leaders discuss legislative considerations, mentoring, intervention and education in addition to enforcement to curb the devastating affects of graffiti upon neighborhoods.

US Border Patrol meet with APA leadership....welcome home local 2544

CLEAA Executive Director Luis Ebratt hosted several of the southern Arizona law makers at their regular board meeting.

They were joined by Congressman Ron Barber, Arizona House member Rep. Stefani Mach, Arizona State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford, and APA Executive Director Levi Bolton Jr. TPOA President Bill Bonono presided over the meeting which allowed these law makers to hear issues most impactful to law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The APA is proud to celebrate the evolution of the Copper Corridor Police Association into the new Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Association (NALEA). NALEA has expanded its membership and amended its name to reflect the membership and participation of the diverse group of law enforcement personnel hailing from Northern Arizona.


Where: Opening in Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. and Phoenix Police Museum, Historic City Hall, 17 S. 2nd Ave 1st floor (entrance to the museum is on the south side of the building facing Jefferson)
What: Kick off Friday night: 6:00 to 8:00 PM. (approximately)
Click here to download the flyer with more details


Arizona’s Law Enforcement mourn the loss of a friend

Yesterday our good friend Senator Chester Crandell passed away following a horseback riding accident. Wise and humble, Senator Crandell made it no secret that he respected the work of the men and women of law enforcement. APA lobbyist and personal friend of the Senator, Mike Williams commented, “ Over the years you have asked how I can stand working in the craziness of the world of politics I can say this, men and women like Chester Crandall make it all worthwhile.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Senator Crandell. He will be missed but not forgotten.



APA Executive Director Levi Bolton, APA Vice President Jimmy Chavez along with law makers, law enforcement leaders and law enforcement support group advocates throughout the state of Arizona join together as Governor Brewer signs the “Blue Alert” bill into law.

The Arizona School Resource Officer’s Association (ASROA) honor this year’s ASROA Officer of Year

Featured (l to r) are Sgt. Bruce Root – Buckeye PD, Officer Jeff Lumadue Of Buckeye PD, Officer Bill Crotteau – Buckeye PD, Deputy Mike Fane – Gila County SO (ASROA President) . The APA is proud to participate in honoring this extraordinary Officer.

The Law Enforcement family bids farewell to a hero –SRPD Officer Jair Cabrera

On Friday, May 30th, 2014, Officer Jair Cabrera will be laid to rest having made the ultimate sacrifice to protect those he was sworn to protect. A graduate of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy Class #124, Officer Cabrera was a seven-year veteran of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Police Department. His work ethic was admired, he was an outstanding officer who valued and protected his community on or off duty. Officer Cabrera is survived by his parents, brother and girlfriend. Officer Cabrera will be missed but NEVER forgotten!

Donations can be made to a Wells Fargo account set up under “Jair Cabrera Memorial Fund”. Cards can be sent to the Salt River Police Department at 10005 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256



Law Enforcement Officers Offended – APA Executive Director asked for Apology

The Arizona Police Association’s membership represents 14,000 men and women who work in the profession of law enforcement in the State of Arizona. On behalf of those who go out each day to serve, protect, and sometimes give their lives in the service of the citizens of Arizona, we are deeply offended by the comments made recently by GOP District #1 Congressional candidate Gary Kiehne. In an Arizona Republic article citing comments attributed to Mr. Kiehne, it is remarkable that Mr. Kiehne apparently feels comfortable lumping 99% of mass shooters as Democrats and comparing Vietnamese refugees to illegal immigrants. If that were not offensive enough he goes on to “reference” police officers as Nazi agents willing to “shoot you and me.” This is outrageous and beneath the conduct of someone aspiring to represent Arizona and its diverse population at the nation’s Capital. I expect Mr. Kiehne to apologize specifically to all that he has offended and have the dignity to withdraw from his candidacy.

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A tragic day for two of our hometown heroes. A Phoenix Police Officer, John Hobbs, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on March 3rd, 2014. Another brave officer fights for his life in a valley hospital after Detectives from the Fugitive Apprehension squad confronted a wanted felon. A third hero shot the suspect and ended the violence that took one of our own and critically wounded another. Our hearts and prayers go out to our officers, their families and co-workers. HONOR THEM…PRAY FOR THEM!!!!

Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional…

The message in the aforementioned statement could never have been more evident than in a recent high level meeting with DOC leadership. ACA President Anthony Spears, former President Glen Conlon and APA Executive Director Levi Bolton attended a meeting with the Governor’s Chief of Staff Scott Smith. Also in attendance from DOC Leadership were Director Charles Ryan, Deputy Director Jeff Hood, and Operations Chief Carson McWilliams. I must first offer our gratitude to Governor Brewer for her continued support of those in law enforcement. I also want to thank Director Ryan and his staff for sitting through and participating in some tenuous and sometimes contentious discussion about complaints from rank and file Corrections Officers. Issues of staffing, effective communication, post orders, conflicting orders, accuracy of written reports, discipline and staff assaults, and holding managers accountable for misconduct, were taken on in perhaps the first of many meetings to bring a sense of “we [line employees] are being heard” by corrections leadership. Finally the Director indicated that he would insure that employees with legitimate complaints would be held harmless against reprisal or retaliation from management. We also have to give credit where credit is due and offer our appreciation to Chief of Staff Scott Smith for hosting the meeting and offering up an internal employee survey to query the concerns of the those who serve at the Department of Corrections. As recently as today, Director Ryan had already dealt with and communicated the status of complaint that had caused a moral issue with CO’s in one of his facilities. We will keep you posted as things progress.

Join the Arizona Coalition for Military Families on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Mesa Police Fiesta Station- Community Room located at – 1010 West Grove, Mesa 85210. The training is free and offers continuing education credit for law enforcement. Click here to download the flyer.  Registration is required (click here)

The Phoenix Law enforcement Association is hosting its annual TAPS (Tuition Assistance for Police Survivors) golf tournament to raise money for this wonderful and much needed program for law enforcement families. Click here for details, sponsorships and/or Click here for applications for participation.


The Arizona Police Association gives its endorsement to Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin for his bid for Congress in LD-1. Accompanying the Speaker is APA Executive Director Levi Bolton joined by APA President Joe Clure, and APA Directors Luis Ebrade and Ryan Russell.

Media icon W. Steven Martin was honored at Aunt Chilladas Restaurant -South Mountain by the APA for his tireless contribution to the lives of the valley's children during the season of giving.

"W", as he prefers to be called, is a humble person with a heart as big as his imagination. Each year his foundation provides hundreds of families with gifts for their children while using valley police officers as Santa's helpers to deliver his message of caring. A large mural prepared by retired Phoenix Police Officer Wayne Stadler, now artist, and was presented by APA Executive Director Levi Bolton as a tribute to the extraordinary contribution to law enforcement and the people they serve by a simple man who's dared to care about those less fortunate.

The Arizona Police Association wants to wish from our families to yours, a safe and happy holiday season.