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On Tuesday commissioners Cleone Jolley and Ladd Carter recognized Probation Officer Jeff Nelson as Bingham County's first graduate from the Misdemeanor Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training Academy.
Claudon Lilya, the county's Director of Probation Services, said Nelson graduated from the state's third class, which ran from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3 of this year in Boise.
"Basic training is a critical component in enhancing the effectiveness of probation departments by enhancing officer safety and the ability of misdemeanor probation officers to perform central job functions," Lilya said.
He noted that the state has graduated 52 misdemeanor probation officers since it began them last year.
Three more members of the Bingham County Probation Officer are scheduled to attend the Academy this summer.
"We're glad to hear we're getting our people trained," Jolley told Lilya and the officers who supported Nelson during the brief ceremony.