Clay County Deputy Earns Top Award at LETA Graduation

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Jackson (right) accepts the top academic award at the LETA graduation from instructor Mark Mosier.
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Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell was guest speaker at BRTC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy graduation held Friday, April 19, in the Randolph County Development Center on the Pocahontas Campus. Taking home the top academic award was a local native, and deputy for the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The class of 50 officers completed a 13-week course which included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal education, technical skills and practical exercises. Officers are required to score at least 70 percent on each exam and consistently fire at least 80 percent during firearms training exercises in order to graduate.

Molly M. May, North Little Rock Police Department, received the top overall award, which is earned by having the highest overall average in the areas of academics, firearms and physical fitness. Brian C. Merrill, Jonesboro Police Department, won second in this category and Dainna M. Bryant, Rose Bud Police Department, won third.

For this graduating class the top academic award went to Justin M. Jackson, a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Stewert Taylor, Arkansas State Parks, received the top firearms award. The top physical training award went to Joshua D. Terry, Jacksonville Police Department, and Cody J. Kelly, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, received the top emergency vehicle operator award.

Jason P. Hawkins, North Little Rock Police Department, was selected as class spokesman, and Glen S. Light, Jr., Marked Tree Police Department, opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem.

Black River Technical College is a two-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education.

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