MIAMI – Four Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies, Billy McCall, Mike Wiford, Sam Pinion and James White, are now graduates of the Oklahoma Reserve Academy. The academy was sponsored by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, providing the facility and the training for state certification of reserve deputies.

The deputies spent six months in training at the academy to receive this certification and are now serving as Ottawa County Sheriff's Reserve Deputies and as Jailers at the Ottawa County Jail.

Oklahoma Reserve Academy Cadets received an array of training during the academy including law enforcement driver training, firearms, traffic, criminal investigation, defensive tactics, police tactics, domestic violence and sexual assault training and report writing.

“I'm proud of them. It's been a long haul,” Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd said. “I'm very proud of their accomplishment.”

This session of the Oklahoma Reserve Academy started with the enrollment of 40 participants but ended with only 17 graduates including the four Ottawa County Deputies, according to Floyd.

The graduates of the Oklahoma Reserve Academy and their departments are; Staci Anderson /Colcord Police Department, Richard Aposhian /Jay Police Department, Gary Black /Adair Police Department, James Bridges and Mark Walker /Nowata County, Lane Carroll and Troy Williams /Fairland Police Department, Michael Coates /Vinita Police Department, Jeremiah Mydland/Chelsea Police Department, Kenneth Posey/Craig County, Luis Prado/Commerce Police Department, Casey Reed/Delaware County, Trevor Skinner/Kansas Police Department and McCall, Pinion, White and Wiford /Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

With budget restraints, Floyd said the use of part-time and Reserve Deputies allows for as much law enforcement coverage as possible for Ottawa County.

The academy normally costs $300 to $400 and was offered for free by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe to individuals who passed the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) full-time Basic Academy and were sponsored by a law enforcement agency.

David Sergeant, Eastern Shawnee Tribe Community Policing Officer, has been involved in law enforcement for more than 20 years and helped provide the training. He served as the Reserve Academy Coordinator and instructor. Sergeant helped organize the class and had several instructors from all areas of law enforcement participate.

“Thanks to all the area Tribes, Police Departments, Sheriff Departments, District Attorney Offices, Instructors, and businesses who made this academy possible. Also, a special thanks to the families of these officers for the support you gave them over the past several months,” Eastern Shawnee Tribe Police Chief Roudy Rogers said.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.