Oct 26, 2023: PVPD Officer Michelle Woods honored with Rising Star award

PVPD Officer Michelle Woods accepting the Rising Star award Opens in new windowPrescott Valley Police Officer Michelle Woods received the Rising Star Award at this year's Celebrating Women in Law Enforcement in Yavapai County for her outstanding performance and representation of the highest qualities of a law enforcement professional. She accepted the award at a banquet in Cottonwood on October 24.  Woods was chosen from four Yavapai County officers nominated by their agencies.

Officer Woods joined PVPD in 2019 and graduated from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy in May 2022. She served as a patrol officer until November 2022, when she tested for and was selected to the PVPD Traffic Unit. She has had significant impact in her one year in the Traffic Division, becoming certified as Northern Arizona’s only female Motor Officer and a Collision Reconstructionist.  During 2023, Officer Woods has made more than 380 traffic stops and issued 273 citations.  She has made 22 arrests, taken 66 collision reports, and made six DUI arrests.

Woods is a 2019 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Behavior.  She has also been a member of committees to update the department's interior décor and badge.

Officer Woods is the third Prescott Valley Police Department officer to win the Rising Star Award in the past four years, joining Officers April Zicopoulos and Detective Shay Elenz.

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, and 911 for emergencies. Yavapai Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.


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