Law enforcement reserve class produces new officers

Photo by Dennis Marshall/submitted content The 2017 Reserve Class completed 133 hours of instruction last week. Each individual committed three evenings a week and every Saturday from mid-April through the end of May. Subjects covered included Arkansas Law, Domestic Violence, Accident Investigation, DWI and Drug Enforcement, Defensive Tactics, Testifying in Court, First Aid and Haz-Mat, Pistol and Shotgun drills and Qualification, OC (pepper) Spray exposure, and much more. The class had 11 students, seven sponsored by Mena Police Department, three sponsored by Grannis Police Department and one sponsored by Montgomery County Sheriffs Office. Students took a test each week and finished with an overall class average of 94 percent. Mena PD currently has six active Reserve Officers, who together accounted for more than 1,600 hours of service to the department and community in 2016. These seven graduating students will help round out the reserve officer program for the department. These seven were chosen from over 15 applicants earlier this years. Reserve Officers assist with special events such as Mena High School football games, parades, car shows, and Lum & Abner Days. They also help with prisoner and juvenile transports and work with the full-time officers to patrol the city. Reserve officers completing training are, Mena PD: Paul Kaelin, Daisy Shelton, Kelly Surber, Dalton Myers, Angelo Cueva, Wayne Sharp and Josh Butterworth; Grannis PD: Justin Jenkins, Danny Baker and Layton Mohr; Montgomery County S.O.: Stephen Chaffin.

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