Largest-ever class graduates from police academy

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The pomp and circumstance lasted a little longer this year at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

A total of 55 cadets graduated Friday in the largest class ever recorded at the academy.

The 13-week program trains officers under a variety of situations.

Director Steve Shults says the program is getting more popular and participants are coming from all over the state, a challenge... but something they can handle.

"We're a little restrained by budget but we had several new agencies asking to send their people we here. And we couldn't tell them no. We want to serve as many agencies as we can and do the best job we can for them," said Shults.

Former U.S. Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson was on hand to congratulate the cadets.

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