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ALLECA 2019 Application download THIS Adobe PDF file

ALLECA 2019 Brochure download THIS Adobe PDF file

June 2019
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July 2019
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Saturday Jun 29
9:00am-12:00pm Location: Emmanuel Pines Camp

Members List:

Matt Griffis
Camp Commandant:
Sgt. Diana Mondragon
Finance Officer/Deputy Director Area B:
Dan Palmer
Deputy Director Area C:
Jim Strande
Deputy Director Area A:
Carol Stensby
Deputy Director-SAL:
Chuck Treat
Deputy Director-ALR:
Ken King
Camp Counselor:
Brady Little

Links Section

ALLECA Main Web Page

The American Legion Youth Law Cadet Program

The American Legion, Department of Arizona

Arizona Department of Public Safety

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img s.gifThe American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (ALLECA)--Arizona's Youth Law Cadet Program
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Running_ALLECA_2012-1.jpg WHAT IS ALLECA?                                                             

The American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (ALLECA)has been in existence for 38-years and is a partnered program between the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS) and The American Legion-Department of Arizona. The American Legion believes that our young people have a strong sense of patriotism and a high regard for Law and Order. The objective of ALLECA is to provide a first-hand look at the role of a police officer and military member in promoting and safeguarding America’s freedom and rights. This could be described as a one-week mini-police academy or military boot camp. Sessions are planned annually during summer vacation. Discipline is strict with vigorous physical training, running, and calis-thenics included. Obstacle courses and defensive tactics are planned. The ALLECA program is not a “boot camp” or a camp for problem or incorrigible, unmanageable teens. Various government and criminal justice officials will be guest speakers.

We are proud to announce our newest selection as the ALLECA Director. Our new ALLECA Director is Matt Griffis from The American Legion-Department of Arizona's Son's of the American Legion (SAL) and who is from the Tucson area. Matt served over 30-years in law enforcement and retired from the Tucson Police Department where he served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Instructor in the fields of Proficiency Skills, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Driver's Training (EVOC), and Physical Training. Congratulations Matt on your selection and new appointment as the ALLECA Director (from Dan Palmer-Sarge).

ALLECA 2018 class picture soon to be uploaded.

Basic instruction will be by certified police officers from various Arizona police agencies. All applicants must either be enrolled in a recognized school or have just graduated. They must have reached their 11th birthday in the month preceding the academy or have not reached their 19th birthday by the start date of the academy.

Tuition fees are the responsibility of the appli-cant. However, they may be paid by anyone including, but not limited to; relatives, businesses, local law agencies, fraternal organizations, friends, VFW, or DAV Posts or your local American Legion Post. If the tuition fee of $250 does not accompany the application, the applicant will be advised of whether or not other funds are available and whether they can be accepted or not. Tuition is non-refundable.

Each cadet will be furnished a uniform of trousers, belt, cap, polo shirt, t-shirts and shorts. Each cadet will be mailed (or emailed), prior to the opening of the session, a “CALL TO REPORT” letter. This will advise the cadet on what personal items will be needed for the one week session. Applicants must provide their own transportation to the Academy. If a hardship does exist, the applicant may contact either Matt Griffis (Director) or Camp Commandant Sgt. Diana Mondragon for possible assistance. Parents/guardians, relatives or friends are responsible for transportation after graduation.

ALLECA Program Dedications The ALLECA program is dedicated to the memory of five long time American Legion members who, over the years, had a profound effect on the success of this unique Academy. Leonard McCulloch, Captain Frank Hutcheson (Hutch), James Kirk, John Mulhorn, Frank Whitten, and Dan Palmer (Sarge).
Upcoming Class Information
The ALLECA 2019 dates are as follows: June 29, 2019 to July 6, 2019 and it will be held at the Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott, Arizona. On opening day the Cadets need to arrive for check-in between 0900 and 1230 hours. Each Cadet will receive a Call to Report that will explain what to bring to the Academy and expectations of each Cadet. The graduation information will be posted once we have confirmed dates and a location.

Additional Information on ALLECA
There are two websites for ALLECA. Simply go to your browser search box and type in ALLECA. The additional website for ALLECA is We have numerous pictures and videos at this site and the pictures go back to 1981. Don't forget to go to the Guestbook area and leave us a note.

What You'll Experience Attending the Academy

Class Formations


Defensive Tactics

K-9 Handler Class


Building Searches

High Risk Stops Class

Defensive Tactics Class

Formation Inspection


ALLECA Proud Supporter T-Shirts & Donations to the ALLECA Program
We now have ALLECA Proud Supporter T-Shirts and Polo Shirts available for sale. The cost of the T-shirts is $10.00 and the Polo shirts are $15.00. The shirt design was created and donated by "The Impressionist" custom screens and graphic designs out of Flagstaff, Arizona. You can also purchase an ALLECA hat pin for $5.00 and also purchase an ALLECA Cadet hat (6 paneled) for $10.00. You can either call the ALLECA Acting Director, send an email or go to and purchase them from that web site. Make checks or money orders out to American Legion-ALLECA. We are always looking for donations in order to keep sponsoring kids to attend the program and to maintain and upgrade equipment. If you would like to send a donation to the program, please send it to: Dan Palmer-ALLECA Deputy Director/Finance Officer at P.O. Box 2131 Peoria, Arizona 85380. If you are sending a donation in check or money order, please make it out to American Legion-ALLECA. If you are sending your donation in cash, please attach a note with your name, so we can properly thank you and send you something for tax purposes.

PO Box 750 Cotaro, AZ  •  Phoenix, AZ 85652-0750
phone: (520) 289-5113

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