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WBU to Hold Officer Training Course

6/25/2018

Williams Baptist University is set to host a Part-Time II/Auxiliary Officer Training Course for area law enforcement agencies in July.  The course is part of a collaborative effort between the WBU Campus Police and Criminal Justice Departments and local area law enforcement agencies.

Start date for the class is Monday, July 9, and it will run for five weeks, ending August 11.  Classes will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

The course, which consists of 116 hours of training, will certify graduates to be appointed as law enforcement officers who work less than 20 hours a week, or who work on a voluntary basis.  It covers a wide range of law enforcement topics, such as: police ethics, constitutional law, criminal and traffic law, civil rights, use of force, drug investigation, accident investigation, defensive tactics and firearms training.  

“Part-time and auxiliary officers are a great asset to local and county level law enforcement agencies,” said Brian Luetschwager, WBU’s director of criminal justice.  “Citizens would not receive some of the extra services local agencies provide without part-time or auxiliary officers augmenting the local police force. This course prepares those who graduate to go back to their sponsoring agency to finish field training, and be ready to serve their communities.”  

All students attending the course will be sponsored by their representative law enforcement agencies, and will have previously met the requirements set forth by the state to be appointed as officers upon successful graduation.  For more information, contact Luetschwager at bluetschwager@wbcoll.edu or by phone at 870-759-4241.

Williams is a Christian, liberal arts university in Walnut Ridge.

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