While some of us are still dawdling as the new year gets underway, the Cherokee Village Police Department (CVPD) is in action.
Police Chief Jason French has welcomed three new officers to the department.
Cherokee Village is also hosting auxiliary training which began Jan. 17. Officers from Hardy, Ash Flat, Sharp County, Fulton County and Cherokee Village will attend the classes which are free of charge.
The new part-time officer is Michael Doyle. In addition to his new job with CVPD, Doyle has been an instructor at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas since 1999. He will be coordinateing the auxiliary classes and the auxiliary program.
Doyle holds a long list of law enforcement qualifications. He is a certified law enforcement instructor, a firearms instructor and has obtained hundreds of training hours on various law enforcement subjects. Before moving to Arkansas, he worked for several years with the National Park Service as a ranger in the Tennessee State Parks. Since moving to Arkansas, Doyle has served Hardy and the Sharp County Sheriff's Office as a reserve officer.
He has an associate's of art degree and associate's of applied science degree in criminal justice, both from Black River Tech. He has also earned a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and a master's degree from Memphis State University. Doyle said he plans to graduate from Arkansas State University in May with a master's degree in criminology.
After moving to Cherokee Village in 1993, Doyle was hired as a law enforcement officer for Cherokee Village Security where he worked until he accepted his current position at Black River Tech. in 1999.
Both of the auxiliary officers hired are already certified.
Lloyd Broughton, one of the new auxiliary officers, is ex-military. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1999 after 28 years of service. After a short break, Broughton attended the University of Arkansas at Batesville where he received his associate's degree in banking, finance and business management.
In January 2005, after completing the required 124 hour basic auxiliary/part-time II training, Broughton served as an auxiliary officer in Cherokee Village. He left the auxiliary position in June 2006 to accept a part-time patrolman position in Horseshoe Bend where he was employed until his resignation in December 2008.
Since the beginning of his career in law enforcement, Broughton has earned several certifications and taken many hours of training in different areas. He holds a police sniper certification, an expert handgun marksman and a Glock handgun and Remington 870 shotgun armorer.
Broughton's special training includes tactical officer survival school, combat pistol training, tactical team skills course, taser training, radar operator and tactical entry concepts. He is also a member of Arkansas Tactical Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.
"I rarely miss out on a chance to learn new law enforcement techniques," Broughton said. "I also attend as much training as possible."
Michael Himschoot, who is also already certified, will be an auxiliary officer as well. Himschoot was certified as a reserve officer in 2000. He is also certified in taser, baton and pepper foam.
Himschoot worked as a reserve officer for Jonesboro until October 2005 when he and his family relocated to Ash Flat. He works as a full-time sales representative for Areawide Media.
In 2007, he was elected constable in District 5 of Sharp County and was recently re-elected to serve a second term.
"Cherokee Village is very fortunate to have the services of our three newest officers," French said. "I have worked with Mike and Lloyd over the past several years and respect their professionalism and their knowledge of the criminal justice system."
French said although he hasn't worked with Himschoot he is confident in his ability because he is familiar with the quality of the Jonesboro Police Department. "All three officers will be assets to the Cherokee Village Police Department," French said. "Their professionalism and expertise will only improve the quality of life of our great community."
The auxiliary training being held by Cherokee Village will not only meet, but exceed the requirements for certification set forth by the Common Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST).
"CLEST currently requires completion of 110 hours for Auxiliary training," French said. "But, based on the needs of our community and surrounding areas we increased the training to 128 hours." The classes are being held every Saturday and two nights a week at the Cherokee Village City Hall.