The NAU Police Department (NAUPD) held the annual Public Safety Experience outside of the University Union Tuesday, April 30. Many organizations and departments were present to recruit and provide attendees with information about the work they do.
Among these organizations was the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD), the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the National Guard, Flagstaff Fire Department, Sedona Police Department, Arizona State Troopers, Coconino Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Arizona Department of Corrections.
According to the information at each of the booths, the State Troopers have 50 positions open, NAUPD has four and FPD has three. Corrections officer Stanley also said his department has a relatively high turnover rate.
"The reason we have a high turnover rate is [staff] mess up whatever they have going for themselves and get a bad taste for the department," Stanley said. "The other turnover rate is actually correctional officers that are promoted to the next rank. [They use] the department as a stepping stone and move on to go into either parole, or the sheriff's department, local PD or ADPS [Arizona Department of Public Safety].”
Stanley said there are also several openings at the Flagstaff Parole Office.
“We have a lot of vacancies as far as correctional officers, but two main [positions] we are hiring for are COTs — correctional officer trainees," Stanley said. "The other [opening] is for a full-fledge correctional officer."
Multiple booths were set up to promote each faction of law enforcement. There were also booths for nonprofit organizations such as the Northland Family Help Center.
The event also showcased a Special Weapons and Tactics team armored vehicle, bomb squad robot and police helicopter. As announced on the NAUPD Facebook page, those who came were encouraged to throw a pie in officers' faces. Internships for NAUPD were also advertised.
Other departments and organizations at the event stressed opportunities in law enforcement and volunteer work. SAR volunteer Bart Thompson said last year Coconino County SAR volunteers went on 141 missions.
To spread awareness about public safety, local activist groups and organizations such as Flagstaff Initiative Against Trafficking, the Community Emergency Response Team and Northern Arizona Care and Service After Assault showed up to the fair. Everything from free condoms to Naloxone nasal spray, which is used to prevent overdoses, were made available to attendees.