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Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly has been named
by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to this
esteemed board and represent our community in such an important part of our law
enforcement system,” said Kelly, who has been with the Apache Junction police
for 12 years, the last six as chief. “This panel is critical in ensuring the
integrity of our police officers and sheriff’s deputies while affording them
the most up to date law enforcement training.”
The 13-member board maintains standards of integrity,
competence and professionalism for peace officers and correctional officers in
Arizona. It initially helped in providing curriculum and standards for all
certified law enforcement training facilities but now also oversees the Peace
Officer Training Fund, approves a state correctional officer training
curriculum and establishes minimum standards for state correctional officers.
The board includes police chiefs,
county sheriffs, the state attorney general, the directors of the Arizona
Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Corrections and two
“One of the satisfactions of holding office is the
opportunity to recognize outstanding citizens by naming them to positions of
leadership within our state government,” said Ducey in his Feb. 27 nomination
of Kelly to the state board.
Kelly, who begins his three-year term this month, has been
with the Apache Junction police force since 2006, after 23 years with the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration, retiring as Agent in Charge. He was a police
officer in Chicago for 11 years previous to his time with the federal agency.
In 2014, Kelly was appointed to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program
National Policy Advisory Board and to the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership.
The board provides services to 163
law enforcement agencies encompassing over 14,500 sworn peace officers, 6,500
correctional officers and 13 police training academies.