FPSO Deputies Graduate from POST Academy
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Five deputies with the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s office recently completed training to become POST certified law enforcement officers.
The officers completed training in two separate academies with the North Delta Regional Training Academy in Monroe, and graduated during commencement exercises held at the Monroe Civic Center on Nov. 20.
Completing the course and passing necessary POST exams for Basic Academy 121 were Dewanna Ward and Glenda Brown, of the court and administration divisions; Sonya Smith and Dana Lee, medical department. Bill Hendrix was a member of Basic Academy 123.
Hendrix subsequently enrolled in DARE Officer Training in Georgia, and expects to begin teaching the DARE program in the parish during the spring semester. He will fill the position previously held by Deputy Marcy Thompson who served as DARE officer for nine years and recently retired from the Sheriff’s Office. The POST training involved intense study along with physical preparation and firearms training.
In addition to fulfilling qualification requirements, Ward, Smith and Lee each earned first, second and third place honors, respectively, in Firearms. Hendrix claimed third place honors in Defensive Driving. Cobb said putting the officers through the POST training was a part of his office’s ongoing efforts to train all Sheriff’s Office employees.
The sheriff noted that the recent graduates devoted their time and energy to successfully completing the program, including nights and weekends.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said.
He added that the personal sacrifice was particularly noteworthy in the case of the women who attended the nine-month night academy.
“It involves giving up nights and weekends, along with working full-time schedules. It takes time away from their families and any personal time they have,” he said.
The sheriff said that the recent graduates bring the total number of POST certified officers on duty with his department to 76 out of a total of 97 employees. The numbers include deputies who work patrol as well as those with the Franklin Parish Detention Center. More are scheduled to take part in the training in the spring, he said.
June, 2014, marked the 39th anniversary of the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). POST was established by Act 397 of 1976, as amended, to develop training standards for peace officers in Louisiana.
Peace officers are any full-time employees of the state, a municipality, a sheriff or other public agency, whose permanent duties actually include the making of arrests, the performing of searches and seizures or the execution of criminal warrants, and who are responsible for the prevention or detection of crime or for the enforcement of the penal, traffic or highway laws of this state.
Peace officers also includes those sheriff’s deputies whose duties include the care, custody and control of inmates.