Booneville High School graduate Kody Smith has completed a part time auxiliary officer course and was recently sworn into service by the Booneville Police Department.

To earn the certification Smith, who has been a dispatcher at the BPD for almost two years, underwent a 106-hour course conducted through the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

The training, Booneville Police Chief Al Brown said last week, was much the same as a full-time officer just "scaled down." Brown said the topics included accident investigation, driver safety, handgun and handcuff retention techniques. Smith was also subjected to pepper spray and had to experience a tazer.

A 2011 BHS graduate, Smith, the son of Robert and Melinda Smith of Booneville, is married to Lacy Smith and the couple is expecting their first child.