The Lake Havasu City Police Department would like to congratulate and welcome Jake Spellman, Kial Melendez, Savannah Kloewer, and Tara Flagg, four new recruits who recently graduated from Class #23 at the Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (WALETA) in Lake Havasu City on Friday, December 14.

A total of 19 recruits graduated from the Academy, representing not only the Lake Havasu City Police Department, but also the Kingman Police Department, Bullhead City Police Department, Wickenburg Police Department, Yuma Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.

The 20-week, or 797-hour, training course is comprised of topics ranging from ethics and professionalism to community policing, introduction to criminal and traffic law, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operations and physical conditioning.   

WALETA opened in October 2007 and is accredited by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST).   WALETA’s mission is to provide basic training for Arizona peace officers in accordance with the rules established by AZPOST.  Additional information about the Academy can be found at

These officers will now go through a 16-week field training program where they will partner with and receive additional training from Lake Havasu City Police Department Field Training Officers.  

If you are interested in becoming a police officer, the Lake Havasu City Police Department holds four testing sessions each year.   Additional information about the department and the 2019 testing dates can be found at

Public Information Officer:  Sergeant Tom Gray (928) 855-1171


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