The Benton Police Department strives to ensure that each person within the department is properly trained in his or her assignment. Training begins as soon as the individual begins employment and continues throughout their career as an officer. It is our goal to provide the most professional and knowledgeable police officers, as well as support staff, to the community for whom we serve.
The Training Division consists of a Lieutenant, and a Training Sergeant. They are tasked with ensuring the Division operates efficiently and that employees receive appropriate training for their assigned division. The Lieutenant oversees the overall operation of the Division and reports to the Administrative Captain.
The Sergeant is the first-line supervisor for the Training Division and ensures that training for each employee is up to date and corresponds with all applicable laws. The Training Sergeant is responsible for scheduling the training as well as making the necessary arrangements for the employee to attend. The Training Officer also instructs classes throughout the year to update employees on new technology and strategies that will assist them in their assigned duties.
Newly hired officers with the Benton Police Department must complete a mandatory 12 week Field Training Officer (FTO) Course prior to being considered for the state training academy. During this 12 week session, the new officer accompanies a Field Training Officer and learns the basics of what a patrol officer position entails. The new officer must complete certain phases during the process to be able to move onto the next one until they are ready for the academy.
After successful completion of the FTO phases of the training they will then be enrolled and attend a 12 week basic law enforcement officer training program at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. While at the academy the officer will learn various aspects of the law enforcement profession including criminal and traffic law, firearms proficiency, and defensive tactics.
After the completion of the training academy the officer will then be assigned to a patrol shift under the direct supervision of the shift Sergeant. The officer is on a one year probation status from the date of hire and at the conclusion of that time frame they assume the full status of a patrol officer.