Arizona Rangers holding open recruitment event

KINGMAN - The Kingman detachment of the Arizona Rangers will hold an open recruitment for interested volunteers this weekend.

The recruitment and informational event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at On Target Enterprises, 2747 Ashfork Avenue.

Lt. Bruce Leeming, Commander of the Kingman detachment, said the Rangers were organized in 1901 to protect the Arizona Territory and later re-established in 1957 as an all-volunteer, law enforcement support auxiliary that works under the direction of law enforcement officials.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal history and must already possess a valid concealed weapons permit. They will also be asked to undergo a rigorous background check.

Leeming said volunteers are looking at a commitment of about 8 hours a month between the monthly business meeting and monthly training sessions.

He said volunteers consist of both men and woman and come from a variety of backgrounds.

"We have people from all walks of life, from retired law enforcement and military to accountants, doctors, dentist, painters, you name it," he said.

There are currently 17 Ranger companies in Arizona, with a total of around 360 volunteers. The Kingman chapter is one of two detachments in the state and will be eligible to apply for company status next summer.