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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Graduates Sworn to Protect and Serve

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Today, men and women who have answered the call to serve their communities stood in the presence of their families, friends, local leaders, and many others to officially graduate from the Fort Smith Police Training Center.

These men and women follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them, answering a call to serve and to protect others. All done with professionalism, and integrity.

As the commencement ceremony began, the graduating class entered after being called to order by Lt. James Hays, shortly followed by the posting of colors by the Fort Smith PD Color Guard.

Fort Smith PD Chaplain, Bob Lever led the invocation as his message stood bold in faith, humility and of being a servant.

Class spokesperson, Robin Gaines Jr. of the Fort Smith PD stated, “We run towards trouble, and I give my word to have your back to support and defend each other, and our community.

Recognition of Class Honors (* = Tie)

Academic Award

1st – Ryan Arritt, Fort Smith Police Department

1st* – Casey Cagle, Fort Smith Police Department

3rd – Robin Gaines Jr., Fort Smith Police Department

Top Gun Award

1st – Allan Chitwood – Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office

2nd – Vincent Andrews, Fort Smith Police Department

3rd – Robin Gaines Jr., Fort Smith Police Department

Physical Training Award

1st – Robin Gaines Jr., Fort Smith Police Department

2nd – Casey Cagle, Fort Smith Police Department

3rd – Jonathon Plank, Fort Smith Police Department

Interim Fort Smith PD Chief, Danny Baker gives a personal statement to the graduating class before introducing guest speaker, Mathew Pitsch, Arkansas Senator District 8.
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Guest speaker, Mathew Pitsch, Arkansas Senator District 8 led a brief speech about the importance of valued roles law enforcement plays in our daily lives.

It’s time for the moment these graduates have worked hard for, and their official position as a law enforcement officer.

Michael Barber (Left), Bonanza Police Department
Jeremy Eichling (Left), Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
Angel Aguirre (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Vincent Andrews (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Ryan Arritt (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Casey Cagle (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Blake Canada (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Derrick Dowdy (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Robin Gaines Jr. (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Matthew Gwin (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Luke Hartman (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Mathew Hill (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Jacob Landers (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Cody Miller (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Riley Odom-Davidson (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Jonathon Plank (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Angel Rivera (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Ellen Underwood (Left), Fort Smith Police Department
Nancy Patton (Left), Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Daxton Boyd (Left), Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office
Allan Chitwood (Left), Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office
Joseph Mahan (Left), Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office

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