Three new Arkansas State Troopers began their careers Monday when they reported to State Police Troop E Headquarters in Pine Bluff.
Justin Pool, John Howington and Kevin Helm graduated from troop school Thursday, June 12, and were given a couple of weeks off before they began their assignments.
Pool will be assigned to Desha County, Howington to Arkansas County and Helm to Jefferson County, and each will ride with a field training officer for at least eight weeks before being released to solo patrol.
Pool, a Dardanelle native, graduated from Paris High School and attended Arkansas Tech University at Russellville where he was a natural resources major.
Asked why he joined the state police, Pool said, “I always wanted to be one, even when I was a little kid.”
Pool was married two days after finishing troop school and will be based in Dumas.
Howington, a Bryant native and graduate of Bryant High School, is a junior majoring in criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
His father is also with the State Police and is a captain who is based in Jonesboro and Howington said he “grew up with the state police.
“He never brought his work home and even when I knew I was going to do this, he wanted me to experience it on my own,” Howington said.
He will be based in Stuttgart.
Helm graduated from Melborne High School and attended Ozarka College at Melborne where he received an associates degree.
He is two classes shy of a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from UALR.
Before joining the state police, Helm worked for three years as a patrol deputy with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office and graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy Basic Police Training Course at Pocahontas in 2011.
He will be based in Pine Bluff.