Northeast Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers Earn Their Badges

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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) – More than three dozen new law enforcement officers officially certified to protect and serve

On Friday, November 18, 47 men and women graduated from Black River Technical College Police Academy. They began their training in August.

Officers and deputies will serve throughout the state, including Leachville, Monette, Mountain Home, Rector, Craighead and Greene County.

Eight of the officers were from the Jonesboro Police Department. The department said its officers would begin their missions this weekend.

One officer missing from the celebration was Patrolman Vincent “Vinny” Parks, who died on the first day of training earlier this year at another training facility in North Little Rock.

Officials said Parks died during “training exercises” and suffered medical distress while training at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The Pulaski County prosecutor is currently reviewing Arkansas State Police evidence regarding Park’s death to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

At the time, Parks and four of Friday’s graduates were training at the North Little Rock facility. The remaining officers were removed from said facility and placed at BRTC.

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