Yuma Police Department

Stephanie Sanchez

Yuma- Law enforcement agencies across the state are having trouble hiring and keeping new police officers.

21-year old Arlene Martinez, a cadet at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy is going through the red man training, a series of realistic training scenarios that test her decision making skills under pressure.

Martinez is five foot four inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

Yuma Police Department

Yuma-The Yuma Police Department is seeing a sharp increase in the number of police officers moving on to other better paying departments.

Yuma Police Chief John Lekan said in 2015 they have lost 33 officers and expect to lose more.

Lekan says during the recession, YPD was one of the few law enforcement agencies in the state still hiring while other cities were in a hiring freeze.

Michelle Faust / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - More and more police departments across the country and the state of Arizona have been acquiring armored trucks designed for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade.

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