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Memo Espinoza

Degree/Area of Study

Public Safety Administration & Business Administration

Class of Year
Assistant Police Chief
Early EMCC alumnus continues to protect, serve & teach the community
City of Avondale

Teaching and learning is at the heart of all that Assistant Police Chief Cuauhtémoc “Memo” Espinoza has a passion for. From starting as a young student at Estrella Mountain Community College in 1993, to joining the Marine Corps and ultimately becoming Lieutenant at the Avondale Police Department, Espinoza has continued his education and his passion for teaching others.

Espinoza earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He has completed training in several areas including Violent Crime Scenes Investigation, SWAT, Negotiations, and more than 200 additional police, investigations, leadership, and management courses. Espinoza has been honored by the Police Department for successfully resolving hostage situations and solving multiple homicides as a detective; and was also recognized as Supervisor of the Quarter in 2007.

An active member of the West Valley community and many local professional organizations, Espinoza serves as an adjunct instructor for Estrella Mountain Community College and Grand Canyon University, and a teacher of State of Arizona Law Enforcement programs. Espinoza truly exudes excellence in our community.