BRTC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy held a graduation ceremony November 16 for 43 officers completing the Basic Police Training Course. Chief Danny Bradley with the North Little Rock Police Department served as guest speaker during the ceremony held in the Randolph County Development Center on the Pocahontas campus.
Graduating students completed a thirteen-week course that included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal education, technical skills and practical exercises. Officers are required to score at least 70% on each exam, and consistently fire at least 80% during firearms training exercises in order to graduate.
Eric Cheatham of the North Little Rock Police Department received the Top Overall Award, which is earned by having the highest overall average in the areas of academics, firearms, and physical fitness. He also received the Top Physical Fitness Award. Clinton Eifling of the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office received the Top Firearms Award, and Jonathan Giles of the Heber Springs Police Department received the Top Academics Award.
James Sellers, Jr., of the Vilonia Police Department was selected by classmates to serve as class spokesperson. Aaron Moody, Independence County Sheriff’s Office, and Kevin Neal, Greenbrier Police Department, sang the National Anthem to open the ceremony, and LETA Director Steve Shults served as Master of Ceremonies.