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Training Division

The Training Division is responsible for the coordination and planning of continuing professional training for all sheriff's office staff. Additionally, the Training Division conducts training for those individuals seeking Part-Time II Certification as well as Jailor Certification Courses for each incoming class of candidates vying to serve within the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Training Division gives instruction in a variety of custody–specific topics including: the use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling, courtroom testimony, ethics and professionalism, inmate/detainee education and general professional subjects which include clear and concise report writing, sexual harassment, general conduct, CPR, interpersonal communications, and more. Candidates also receive physical training and are schooled in multiple defense tactics. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has also implemented the practice of mandatory continuous training and retraining on the use of force, due to the atypical nature of the situation, to ensure that deputies are well prepared for it. Since its inception, the Training Division has already helped save the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office several hundred dollars in monies that would have otherwise been paid to outside criminal justice institutions. 

The Training Division is an integral part of the sheriff's office duty to maintain the highest standards and ethical values in the hiring and training of new and current employees.


The mission of the Training Division is to provide the best and most relative training needed for new deputies, in-service deputies, and law enforcement officers from other surrounding agencies who avail themselves for our services.


Captain Gary McClain

Training Division Commander

Phone: 870.541.1920 

Captain Gary McClain's Bio

Captain Gary McClain is currently the Division Commander of the Training Division.  His responsibilities include oversight and coordination of the departmental training, maintenance of training and personnel records, Commander of the Special Response Team, financial management of the Tri-County Drug Task Force.  Captain McClain has been a certified Professional Law Enforcement Instructor since 1999 and specializes in instructing general law enforcement topics, firearms, defensive tactics, O.C. spray, TASER, RADAR, Active Shooter Response, and Jailer training.

Captain McClain joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in January 1995 as a Part-Time Reserve Deputy with the goal of making a career with this amazing agency.  In November 1995, he was promoted to Full-Time in the rank of Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division. McClain was promoted to Corporal in July 1999 and was the assistant Shift Supervisor for the Patrol Division’s B Shift.  He was also one of the founding members assigned to the Special Response Team when it was formed in 1999.  McClain was promoted to Sergeant in November 2002 and was the Shift Supervisor for the Patrol Division’s A Shift.  McClain was promoted to Lieutenant in December 2003 and was the Assistant Patrol Division Commander.  Under the leadership and vision of former Sheriff Gerald Robinson, a need for a full-time training division was realized in order to save money and reduce liability.  McClain was transferred to the newly formed Training Division as the commander in January 2007.  McClain was promoted to Captain in January 2010 where he currently is assigned.

Captain McClain sees the value of quality and realistic training and strives to provide such as well as the resources to further one’s knowledge in their respective assignment. The Training Division is supported in no small part by a superior cadre of 11 other collateral duty instructors.