9 graduate from part-time officer academy

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Four different Pine Belt law enforcement agencies are getting some additional manpower to patrol the streets. Sheriff's departments in Perry and Jones counties and police departments in Leakesville and Ellisville are getting graduates from the Sandersville Regional Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy.

That organization hosted a ceremony for 9 cadets tonight. They've spent the last 5 months undergoing training and they're now certified part-time law officers.

During the ceremony, cadets presented a plaque to the family of Carl Monk, director of the academy, who died of a heart attack just 3 weeks ago.

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