He worked for free, now a sergeant with the police department

Hader promoted at council meeting June 14

Newly promoted PVPD sergeant Kyle Hader’s fiancee, Meagan, pins the badge on his uniform with family members looking on after being sworn in at the June 14 Town Council meeting. (Town of Prescott Valley/Courtesy)

Newly promoted PVPD sergeant Kyle Hader’s fiancee, Meagan, pins the badge on his uniform with family members looking on after being sworn in at the June 14 Town Council meeting. (Town of Prescott Valley/Courtesy)

Kyle Hader began his career in law enforcement after receiving his Administration of Justice associate’s degree from Yavapai College. On June 14, Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog promoted Hader to the rank of sergeant with the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Chief Bryan Jarrell introduced Hader to council members and gave a brief account of Hader’s work with the department.

Hader began his career as an unpaid reserve officer in 2010. He graduated from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) in December of that year. Still working without pay, he completed the Field Training Officer program, and in June 2011, PVPD offered him a fulltime position as a patrol officer.

Hader found his niche in the traffic division and specialized in DUI investigations. He became a drug recognition expert, became certified in advanced roadside impaired driving investigations, and regularly draws blood as a phlebotomist for the department.

The new sergeant has served with the SWAT team for five years, and is currently the lead breacher.

Hader’s recognitions include PVPD 2011 Rookie of the Year, PVPD 2014 Officer of the Year, Elks Lodge and VFW Officer of the Year also in 2014, as well as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Hader has trained numerous officers over the past four years as a field training officer including lateral officers who have come to Prescott Valley from other agencies. He is a general instructor and teaches physical fitness at NARTA.

Prior to promoting to sergeant, Hader was a Lead Police Officer and served as acting sergeant for four months in 2017.

He and his fiancée, Meagan, reside in Prescott Valley with their three dogs. His parents, grandparents, brother, future in-laws, and Meagan also attended the council meeting.

“I’m very proud of Kyle. He is probably the hardest working man I’ve ever met,” said Meagan, who pinned the new badge to Hader’s uniform.

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