A 24-year law enforcement veteran who always wears a big smile as he patrols Yavapai College campuses and centers is now also wearing a lieutenant’s badge.
Tyran Payne was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant during a pinning ceremony Monday at the YC Prescott campus. Among those on hand when Payne’s wife, Gwen, pinned the shiny new badge on his uniform were three of his four sons, Alexander, Wade and Layton, well-wishers from multiple campus offices and YC Police Chief Jerald Monahan.
“Ty sleeps and breathes his job. Yavapai College is on his mind all the time. We can call him at anytime. That’s the kind of dedication he has,” Monahan said of Payne. The chief added that Payne has been integral to the college’s community policing advancements during his three-year tenure. “Ty you’ve earned this promotion and I’m very pleased to work alongside you.”
A beaming Payne expressed gratitude for the promotion and the opportunity to continue his career at Yavapai College. “I have enjoyed every minute of it and I look forward to continuing to grow.”
A U.S. Army veteran whose service included a total of 10 years as a military police officer, Payne formerly served both the Prescott Valley and the Chino Valley Police departments before joining the YC force. He is currently pursuing an associate’s degree at Yavapai College and is aiming for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University. Payne’s oldest son, Tyran Jr., 19, plans to follow in his father’s law enforcement footsteps. “He wants to be a state trooper,” Payne said.
Asked about his signature smile, Payne said he inherited his cheerful disposition from his father, Tyran Davis. “I think I’ve only seen my dad angry one time. He doesn’t waste his days away on emotions that kind of drain you. He focuses on trying to get as much out of his day as he can. I try to live the same way.”