JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A high risk police training class Monday afternoon put on by the Fraternal Order of Police gave officers from all across Region 8 a chance to refresh their memory on important job skills.
When you work a job where your life could be on the line, training can mean the difference in life or death. And when faced in a high risk situation, being able to respond quickly is key.
"We have to go through one every year, but this one specifically is going to teach firearms, building clearing, traffic stops, and it's something that we, me, and any other law enforcement officer needs during the rest of he's career," said Investigator Chad Henson with the Jonesboro Police Department.
Henson says it's the first time the Fraternal Order of Police has put on this high risk policing class. It all came about after losing a fellow officer and friend Jonathan Schmidt from Trumann, who was shot and killed earlier this year while making a traffic stop.
"We wanted to bring light to officer Schmidt's life. We lost a dear friend. He was a good officer and he died. This is what I'm wanting to show other officers. That someone that good, you could be just like him and we don't want that," said Henson.
Monday and Tuesday officers will be able to take advantage of training in a variety of different scenarios. From shooting, search and seizure, and even how to handle high risk traffic stops.
"We wanted to give local law enforcement further education and training from when they came out of the academy. So basically this is a refresher for them and hopefully it'll work for them," said Henson.
The class wasn't limited to the Craighead County area. Henson says they sent out e-mails to 48 different agencies in the surrounding counties. He hopes to make the training class an annual event.