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The Detention Division of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office receives national certifications



Little Rock, Arkansas – Several members of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division received national certification from the American Jail Association, the sheriff’s office for the county of Garland said on Monday.

The following designations were conferred upon the successful candidates:

• Sergeant Barbara Falasca – CJM
• Field Training Officer, Deputy Cynthia Kendall – CJO
• Deputy Madison Looper – CJO
• Deputy Allen Black – CJO

According to a press release, the American Jail Association and the Jail Manager Credential Commission collaboratively developed the rigorous experiential background application and the demanding four-hour examination that must be passed to earn the Certified Jail Manager certification. An indication of competence and expertise in the industry is certification in jail management.

It proves that the specialist has a good command of the subject matter and that they are always learning and improving.

Sergeant Falasca is now a certified jail manager, joining Chief Deputy Steven Elrod, Captain Belinda Cosgrove, Lieutenant Donald Ansley, and Sergeant Shawn Stapleton in receiving this honor. Garland County qualifies as having the most certified jail managers in the state of Arkansas.

“The Certified Jail Officer is awarded to line staff and first-line jail supervisors upon the completion of a background application and an intensive three-hour examination which tests for competency and mastery of jail operation knowledge and skills at the line and first-line supervisory levels,” said Sheriff McCormick in a news release. “Emphasizing upon staff and supervisory development has guided the Garland County Detention Center in becoming ranked #1 in the nation with overall certified professionals.”