Training and education are always at the forefront for law enforcement officials as they work to protect the citizens they serve.
Two local law enforcement officers, Waldron City Police Officer Brittany Fletcher and Scott County Deputy Kyle Shelby graduated from ALETA, the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, in December of 2019.
Scott County Sheriff Randy Shores stated that he is very proud of the two officers, both city and county.
“I’ve learned so much and pushed myself,” stated Fletcher. “I’ve became so close to so many great brothers and sisters. I will always cherish every minute I was here.”
Just prior to the graduation, two Scott County Deputies and one Waldron City Police Officer underwent specialized training for narcotics. Scott County Deputy Jerrod Armstrong, Deputy Warren Clint McPherson, and Waldron City Police Officer Cheyenne King all graduated on Thursday, December 5 at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.
This was the 19th session, and was hosted by the University of Arkansas System. The program was created to assist Arkansas law enforcement in combating the possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs, and to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to conduct basic narcotics investigations. The program consists of five, three day sessions that are delivered over the course of five months. The program content includes: drug identification and classification, methamphetamine, drug endangered children, managing informants and cooperative witnesses, search and seizure, investigative techniques, pharmaceutical division, evidence collection, report writing, surveillance, resources, intelligence, criminal defenses and courtroom testimony.
According to Dr. Cheryl May, the CJI Director, “we want the people of Arkansas to feel safe and to be confident in their local law enforcement. Programs such as the Narcotics Officer Certificate Program, that assists the Arkansas law enforcement community in solving more drug-related crimes, helps us accomplish this goal. We proudly recognize the guidance and leadership of the University of Arkansas System and the CJI Advisory Board, whose efforts make programs such as NOCP possible.”
Congratulations to both departments and each officer who graduated from both ALETA and the Narcotics Officer Program.