Jonesboro police recruits learn dangers of traffic stops

New officers go through traffic stop training
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The newest group of recruits with the Jonesboro Police Department are learning the ins and outs of traffic stops.

Patrolman First Class Brian Arnold, Patrolman Jacob Daffron, and Patrolman Justin Thompson spent Wednesday afternoon showing recruits how to conduct traffic stops.

"You can't just put somebody in a car and expect them to know what to do," Arnold said.

Especially since traffic stops are one of the most frequent things an officer will do, as well as one of the most dangerous.

"Most officers die at a traffic stop," Arnold said. "They're injured during traffic stops and domestics so it's very important to have your officer safety and have an understanding."

Recruits took turns pulling a truck over in the parking lot of Central Baptist Church.

Sometimes, Arnold or Thompson would run away from or toward a recruit during the stop, showing just how quickly the situation can become dangerous.

"We stress officer safety," Pfc. Arnold. "Be aware of what's going on, watch the hands."

As training continues, they'll add more variables to the traffic stops.

"We'll add people to the car, we'll add better situations, more intense situations," Arnold said. "My job out here is to stress them out. If I can stress them out here, they should be better prepared for real life."

Arnold said all of the training is done with one goal in mind: "We don't want to go to an officer's funeral."

Training will continue Thursday. Arnold said they hope to show recruits what it's like to conduct a traffic stop at night soon too.

The recruits were hired onto the Jonesboro Police Department in May. Once they complete training through JPD's in-house academy, they'll go through field training for three months.

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