20 Under 40: Collin Seay, Police Lieutenant, Flagstaff Police Department |

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What do you like about your job?

I love coming to work every day to serve the Flagstaff community and the brave men and women who work for the Flagstaff Police Department.

How long have you held your current position?

I’ve been in my current position as a patrol lieutenant for two years. This position requires me to manage the daily operations of multiple patrol squads and assist them by giving them the tools and technology they need to do their jobs successfully and provide the best customer service to our community. I started as a patrol officer with FPD in 2006, and spent much of my career working in the patrol division. My passions along the way have been serving on our Swat team and leading our impaired driving program for several years. I was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Sergeant where I had the privilege of supervising many exceptional, brave and courageous men and women in the Patrol Division. During this time, I furthered my education by earning my master’s degree from NAU while raising four children with my beloved wife, Melissa.

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What accomplishments are you proud of?

At this point in my career, I derive more satisfaction from the success of others and hope I have been able to help them along their journey in law enforcement and in life. My goal in this profession is to teach those around me to be better than I have ever been.

What advice do you have for a young person who aspires to be in your field?

I would tell them that police work is the greatest profession in the world with the greatest internal reward that no other profession can offer. I would tell them to have a strong work ethic, teamwork attitude and mentality, to stay focused on customer service and treating everyone in the community equally, to have a heart of guardian and never forget the reason you entered the profession which is to serve and protect the community without expecting anything in return.

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