PCSO offers auxiliary officer training course

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office will host a part-time II -- auxiliary officer certification course, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4.

According to Chris Holt, Poinsett County Chief Deputy, classes will be each Tuesday and Thursday nights thereafter, with class ranging from two to four hours in duration. The course consists of 114 hours of instructional training of which the student must pass with a 70 percent minimum and show at least 80 percent proficiency on the firearms range.

To qualify for training, a person must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Arkansas, possess a high school diploma or equivalency and have no felony or class A misdemeanor convictions which would prevent the student form owning or carrying a firearm.

All potential students will be subject to a criminal background check by the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office prior to admission. The training course will be certified by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, and successful students that are sponsored by a law enforcement agency will be certified to perform law enforcement duties on a part-time (less than 20 hours per week) or auxiliary basis.

Holt said it is recommended that a student be sponsored by a law enforcement agency. It is not a prerequisite though. Students who meet the qualification criteria may sponsor themselves, but will not be able to perform law enforcement duties until a law enforcement agency submits proof of certification to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

Each student will be assessed a $275 fee that will be due at the beginning of training classes.

Instructors will include Holt, Sheriff Larry Mills, Lt. Wayne Frazier, Deputy Brad Felines, Investigator Ron Martin and Lt. Gary Hefner.

For more information, contact Holt or Frazier at the PCSO at 870-578-5411.

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