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Former Student Volunteers to Inspire Next Generation to Pursue Criminal Justice

Muller and Williams Photo at Williams Field High School

Inspired by his own experience and mentorship, former student Tyler Muller decided to volunteer at Williams Field High School and motivate the next generation to pursue criminal justice. 

Muller, an officer at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, graduated from Higley High School in 2015 and worked as a law enforcement officer for the last three years. During high school, he participated in criminal justice classes through the Career and Technical Education program, which helps students explore career options and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Through the CTE program, Muller attended Herbert Williams’s class, a teacher at Williams Field and retired police officer from Oro Valley Police Department. Muller cited Williams as one of his biggest supporters. 

“Mr. Williams taught me about law enforcement and helped me out a lot. Whether it was for a promotion or a personal problem, he was always there,” said Muller.

Today, Muller works with court transports, ensuring sentencing, court appearances and prisoner transport go smoothly. 

“No two days are the same, especially with COVID,” said Muller. “But we still assist with prisoners, even if the court hearing is over Zoom.”

While he enjoys the camaraderie with his squad mates, Muller’s major goal is “to just help somebody.” 

“People are out there struggling with their problems, which sometimes leads to legal problems,” said Muller. “If I can talk with them and understand their problems, I want to be able to help.”

According to Muller, service to the community is a big part of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jim Driscoll believes that service helps build public trust and establish partnerships within the community.

“He asked us to think about what we wanted to be remembered for when we retire,” said Muller. “I took that to heart and wanted to make my mark by imparting my knowledge on those I currently serve with, those I may train and help build a standing relationship with the community.”

Recently, Muller visited Williams’s class and taught de-escalation and communication skills to students in CTE Criminal Justice.

“De-escalation is an important tool that we use a lot,” said Muller. “But it also can be used in so many other situations, whether it be law enforcement, sales, or something else.”

Muller is a certified training officer and teaches courses at the academy, and he looks forward to holding more trainings with Williams’s class in the future.