David L. Starbuck of the Vilonia Police Department was one of 45 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training Course 2012-A at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas, Ark.

The 13-week, 620-hour course which began Jan. 16, included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical skills, and practical exercises. In each course, emphasis is placed upon the officers achieving excellence in both academic subjects and firearms training. Each officer must maintain an academic score of at least 70 percent on each examination, and consistently fire at least 80 percent during firearms training exercises to successfully complete all phases of the course.

Graduation ceremonies were conducted at 1 p.m Friday, April 13, in the Randolph County Development Center on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.