01 Oct UACCM officers at senior level
Wesley Martin of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Campus Police recently completed requirements for his Senior Certification as a law enforcement officer. Martin, a police officer since 2003, will be going into his fifth year at UACCM in October.
This now means all of UACCM’s officers, including Campus Police Chief David Hall and Campus Police Officer Richard Ates, have obtained a Senior Certification. Certifications are awarded by the Arkansas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training based on a combination of training hours, years of experience, and how many college semester hours an officer has completed.
“There are five levels of certification that a law enforcement officer in the state of Arkansas can get, starting with a basic certification through the Academy, all the way up to the highest certificate, which is the senior certificate,” Hall said. Not only is this uncommon for any college or university, Hall added, but it is uncommon for any police department to have a full staff at this level of certification.
“It shows that we, as a police department, have exposed ourselves to more education and training than what is required,” he said. “It’s something on our resume that shows that we’ve worked to make ourselves better. It shows dedication.”
This announcement comes during National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, everyone at UACCM — including police officers, staff, and faculty — have reached out to students with weekly programs and in order to promote a safe community on campus.