JONESBORO, Ark. – Seven newly hired officers with the Jonesboro Police Department on Monday began the Basic Police Training Course at the Law Enforcement Training Academy located at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
Nicholas Carmichael, Kelsey Chism, Ronnie Crain, Jordan Fowler, Kaitlyn Newby, Nick Taylor and Benjamin Witherspoon were hired by JPD on Dec. 16, after which they underwent a period of initial training by Police Department training instructors.
While at the Law Enforcement Training Academy, the new officers will undergo 13 weeks of intensive instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical and tactical skills, physical education and conditioning, community relations, traffic crash investigation and enforcement, criminal justice system, first aid and safety, and ethics.
Following their graduation from LETA, the seven officers will receive additional JPD training including 12 weeks of ride-along training with experienced field training officers before receiving their first assignments with the Patrol Division.
I am relocating to Jonesboro in a month or so. I am asking a few questions that I am very hopeful to post on my blog and Facebook pages to enlighten my family about the safety and equality demonstrated by JPD. Does JPD require or offer any type of de-escalation training for the officers or community? Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to coming back to Arkansas!