Police department to offer reserve officer training

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The Pocahontas Police Department plans to offer reserve officer training in May.

Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said the training is similar to a small scale police academy.

He adds, in many cases, the training can lead to a job with the department.

Chief Tackett said he actually began as a reserve officer and everyone who trained in their last reserve class was hired with the department afterward.

"We hire generally straight out of the reserve class if we've got some people here and they're doing good, they're shining," he said.  "We know we've got a good person to work so we put them to work generally."

Tackett said more than 75 percent of current Pocahontas Police Department employees came from a reserve class.

The training consists of 120 classroom hours and is completely free to students.

Applicants must at least 21 years old to apply and applications can be picked up at the department.

There are about 15 spots available and classes will begin sometime in May.

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