Two officers of the Sharp County Sheriff's Department graduated from the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas on Nov. 16.
Jimmy Bennett and Mary Louise Wanley were two of the 43 who completed the comprehensive thirteen week program at the academy. Law enforcement officers are required to complete the training within one year of employment.
The 620-hour course began Aug. 20 with instruction in police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical and practical exercises. Officers must maintain a 70 percent score on all examinations while attending the academy, as well as a score of 80 percent or higher on firearms training in order to graduate from the program.
Both Bennett and Wanley are deputies for the Sharp County Sheriff's Department in Ash Flat.