ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Nearly two dozen men and women have just completed a Jones County law enforcement academy and are now certified to be part-time officers in Mississippi. 20 cadets from the Sandersville Regional Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy received certificates at Jones County Junior College Thursday night.
They've wrapped up 240 hours of classroom and field training over a five month period.
Training included instruction on Constitutional and state law, defensive driving and proper use of firearms.
"This is a part-time certification academy for officers that want to work part-time," said Eddy Ingram, director of the Sandersville Regional Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy. "It's geared more towards people that want to be more of a public servant than a full-time officer," he said.
"It's done a lot, it's opened my eyes to what all the law enforcement officers go through everyday and it just prepared us to go out there and do our business and take care of everybody," said Shane Peek, an academy graduate and reserve deputy for the Forrest County Sheriff's Dept.
"We learned a lot of things to help us prepare for our jobs, once we get out on the streets," said Casey McKinley, another graduate who is also a reserve deputy with the Forrest County Sheriff's Dept.
Cadets from as far away as Montana and New York were among those receiving certificates Thursday night.