Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today that five Fayetteville Police Officers graduated from the Northwest Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

On Friday, April 20, 2012, Officers Tyler Moore, Nathan Hogan, Levi Samuels, Matthew Townsend, and Jimmy Wicker graduated from the Northwest Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Elm Springs.   The five began their career with the Fayetteville Police Department in December 2011 and started the academy on January 30, 2012.  While at the academy, they received instruction and practical application in the areas criminal investigation, collision investigation, firearms, non-deadly defensive tactics, officer safety techniques, traffic law, criminal law, civil liability and other legal aspects of law enforcement, first aid, crime prevention, crisis intervention, and cultural diversity.  After graduation, they will receive an additional week of training on Radar and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing before they begin an eighteen week Field Training Program. 

Four of the officers received awards based on their academic and physical fitness performance while at the academy.  Jimmy Wicker placed first in academics and Levi Samuels placed second in academics.   Matthew Townsend placed second in physical fitness and Tyler Moore placed third in physical fitness.  Four of the officers were also assigned leadership roles while at the academy.  Tyler Moore was the class leader and Matt Townsend, Jimmy Wicker and Nathan Hogan were squad leaders.  Levi Samuels was recognized with the Patriot Award and Jimmy Wicker was recognized as the Class MVP.

The Fayetteville Police Department wants to congratulate these officers on their graduation and to wish them luck in the next phase of their training.