JPD recruits undergo firearm training

JPD Firearm Training

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Recruits of the Jonesboro Police Department's in-house training academy were hard at work this morning training at the firing range.

This is part of their 15-week training they have to complete before they're allowed to work out in the streets.

The department decided to host an in-house academy, approved by the state, to get officers on the streets quickly rather than sending them off to another academy.

"They get more one on one, more hands on attention from the instructors," said Paul Holmes, public information officer for the Jonesboro Police Department. "We think it's going to work out really well in terms of getting an effective police officer out on the streets."

Holmes said this group of the recruits is one of the most diverse they've had, and several are graduates of the department's citizen's police academy.

The training will continue this week with additional firing exercises including a low-light firing exercise.

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