The Helena-West Helena Police Department and the Phillips County Library have entered into an agreement of sorts.

According to Police Chief James Smith the H-WHPD administration is seeking to establish a “fair and equal” promotional process and has decided to go to a testing format. Following a lengthy research process, the department opted to use Stanard and Associates, a long standing law enforcement testing company.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department and the Phillips County Library have entered into an agreement of sorts.

According to Police Chief James Smith the H-WHPD administration is seeking to establish a “fair and equal” promotional process and has decided to go to a testing format. Following a lengthy research process, the department opted to use Stanard and Associates, a long standing law enforcement testing company.

“We are not becoming a college or university. The Phillips County Library simply purchased the promotional books for our police department,” stated Linda Bennett, library director. “The books are quite expensive and will remain the property of the library. Those studying for the exams may use the books.”

Smith commented, “Our new policy is that for the positions of sergeant, lieutenant and captain, a written test must be given and the applicant must pass the exam in order to be considered for promotion to one of those positions.”

Stanard and Associated will supply the test materials as well as the books that H-WHPD asked the library to buy. The books will provide the necessary study information that officers will need to help advance their careers. Smith stressed that this will help promote professionalism in the local police department in the future.

Smith thanked Bennett and the library staff for partnering with the police department in this program.

“We look forward to a long lasting relationship,” he said. “The books that you purchased will be an asset to our department for years to come.”