The BRTC Law Enforcement Academy provides basic as well as advanced training for officers across Arkansas. Graduates receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and CLEST Certification.
Class 2018B Graduation
Class 2018B graduation will be held November 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm in the Randolph County Development Center. Graduation speaker will be Sergeant Robert “Bob” Bemis retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper. Sgt. Bemis will give a special presentation Forged in Scars from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the RCDC building. The public is encouraged to attend. Read more about Sgt. Bemis here: www.forgedinscars.com
“Sergeant Bemis tells the story of his journey from a disadvantaged youth, to early and prestigious service in the U.S. Marine Corps, and on to an accomplished career with the Pennsylvania State Police that was abruptly altered by one act of service. The story provides an account of the circumstances leading up to the accident; the emergency response; the long recovery and living with a spinal injury; the initial agency, peer and community support; and finally, the highs and lows of returning to his role as a Trooper. ” excerpt from forgedinscars.com website.
Memorial for Fallen Graduates
The Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy has been in operation since 1999. Since its inception, approximately 2000 men and women have graduated to provide service to the citizens of Arkansas as officers for City, County, and State agencies. Three of our graduates have lost their lives in the line of duty from a vehicle crash, aviation crash and gunshot. We hope to never again lose one of our graduates who are serving our communities; however, such risks are a reality of this service. The LETA staff and current class (Class 2017B) have sought to honor the sacrifice of these 3 graduates and their families as well as any future graduates who whose lives are given in the line of duty.
A memorial to honor their sacrifice in service to our communities is proposed to be constructed on the north side of the Law Enforcement Training Academy building. The elegant memorial will include a brick surface with a permanent memorial and three flags in a garden setting that is worthy of its cause. Designs are being considered and the funding has already begun with the efforts of Class 2017B. The memorial site will be a focal point for officers during morning and afternoon formations and flag service reminding them of the importance of their training and to honor those who have served before them.
The BRTC Law Enforcement Training Academy is offering engraved brick sponsorships to provide a large portion of the funding for this worthy project. The Academy is hopeful that prior graduates will embrace this project and provide their support following the leadership of the current graduating class. To support this project, contact BRTC Law Enforcement Training Academy at 870-248-4194.
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