The Department has continued its focus on quality training for our officers this year. Our recent training has covered several different subject areas, allowing us to continue to provide service excellence to the Town. Here is an update on what we’ve been up to this year:
Sgt. Nichols has attended 80 hours of leadership training this year, most recently the FBI-LEEDA Command Institute sponsored by our neighbors at Orono PD. He also became certified as a Squad Leader Instructor and Officer Basic Instructor for MACTAC (Multi-Assault, Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities). This intense, 40-hour course focusing on active shooter response was hosted by Brewer PD and was presented by the National Tactical Officers Association with instructors from the Los Angeles Police Department. Sgt. Nichols completed the 16-hour Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Combined Provider Course hosted by Glenburn FD, instructed by MPS Solutions from Springfield, MA. This is another intense course focusing on tactical emergency first aid. He also became certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Off. Parkhurst completed a 24-hour Basic Crime Scene Technician class hosted and instructed by Portland PD. On 15 SEP, he will be attending the Crisis Intervention Team Program at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, hosted by NAMI-Maine. This course is 40 hours of specialized training with the goal for first responders to have the communication skills to de-escalate situations involving individuals living with mental illness.
Most officers attended the Pipeline Emergency Response class held at the Spectacular Events Center and instructed by Paradigm Liaison Services. We had our annual firearms qualifications on the 12th of August where we re-qualified with our pistols and shotguns. (In the event you are unaware, we carry the Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol and Benelli M1 and M2 12 gauge shotgun.) All officers continually take part yearly in training mandated by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. This includes 22 hours of mandatory training for 2014 set by MCJA and 18 hours of elective training specified by the Chief. Areas covered are wide-ranging and include: New Law Updates, Case Law Updates, Social Media, Methamphetamine Labs, Elder Abuse & Exploitation, Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment, Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Awareness, CPR/AED, etc.
The Department participated in the “2014 Drive Sober, Maine!” campaign in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, which concluded this weekend. We also participated in the “2014 Buckle Up-No Excuses” Seat Belt Education and Enforcement campaign from May 14th-June 1st. Both campaigns were successful.
Sgt. Nichols and Chief Leonard were successful in getting VZPD designated as an Official Inspection Station for child safety seats. If you or someone you know has questions, has a car seat needing to be inspected or needs assistance installing a car seat, give us a call and make an appointment with Sgt. Nichols. There is no cost.
Take care, drive carefully, stay alert and stay safe!