Green graduates NM police academy at top of her class
Tahlequah native Aariel Green graduated from the New Mexico State Police Academy on Dec. 14 at the top of her class as valedictorian. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Tahlequah native Aariel Green graduated from the New Mexico State Police Academy on Dec. 14 at the top of her class as valedictorian.
The Farmington, N.M., resident and Cherokee Nation citizen began the academy on July 15 of this year. She graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah last year with a degree in criminal justice.
“I wanted to go with the state police because their tradition is unmatched to any other agencies, and I want to help people that can’t help themselves such as abuse victims and children,” Green said. “To finish is unreal; I’ve accomplished things I never thought I could. I was pushed out of my comfort zone the entire academy and became confident in being out of my comfort zone.”
She said she grew up grew up in a family of law enforcement officers. Her mother and stepfather are Cherokee Nation Marshals. Her husband Skylar Green is also in law enforcement employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Green, 24, was one of four female recruits to graduate the NMSPA on Dec. 14. Twenty-five recruits began NMSPA training in July and 16 graduated.
Green added she went into law enforcement after working for the Dist. 27 District Attorney Office, which includes Cherokee County. While working there she said she realized she wanted to work on cases first hand.
Information provided by the New Mexico State Police website states the police provide much more than highway patrol duties. The NMSP has statewide authority to investigate and enforce criminal statutes, motor vehicle statutes and administrative statutes and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.