Recently Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez to the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZ POST).
Sheriff Vasquez and the other board members are required to address the need for uniform peace officer selection, recruitment, retention and training standards, and to provide curriculum and standards for all certified law enforcement training facilities.
The board was also vested with the responsibility of administering the Peace Officer Training Fund. Their mission is to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers.
Currently the board provides services to approximately 170 law enforcement agencies encompassing more than 14,400 sworn peace officers, 9,000 correctional service officers and 16 academies.
Also AZ POST is mandated by the legislature to establish and enforce the physical, mental and moral fitness standards for all peace officers in the state. The board meets the charge to protect the public by overseeing the integrity of Arizona’s law enforcement officers by reviewing cases and taking action against the certification of individuals who violate the AZ POST Rules.