Terrell Walton, Sidney Hawes and Mitch Cooper became the newest members of the Lake Placid Police Department’s Reserve Officer program when they were officially sworn in during Sept. 24 ceremonies at Town Hall.
Walton is a recent graduate of the South Florida State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy and has been a lifelong resident of Lake Placid.
Hawes and Cooper are recent graduates of Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety in Polk County where they received their law enforcement training standards.
All three will begin an extensive field training program headed by LPPD Sgt. Mark Schneider. Field training consists of new officers becoming familiar with agency policies and procedures. They will continue to build on the basic training skills they learned throughout their basic law enforcement training.
Reserve Police Officers share the same constituted duties as full time officers. They, too, must meet rigorous qualification and training standards in order to be certified as auxiliary law enforcement officers under Chapter. 943, Florida Statutes.