LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Ten new part-time and auxiliary law enforcement officers are ready to go to work, after they graduated Thursday night from the Sandersville Regional Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy.
A graduation ceremony was held for Class 18 of the academy at Life Church in Laurel.
The cadets participated in 240 hours of training in all aspects of law enforcement over the last six months.
"It's hard for small towns to be able to employ and pay benefits to (full-time) officers," said Eddy Ingram, academy director. "So, these guys, they fill in that niche that a lot of small towns (have). They wouldn't have law enforcement if it wasn't for them."
The officers can now work up to 32 hours per week at any law enforcement agency in the state.