Local police department takes new approach to training

The Terre Haute Police Department has a special room for their training sessions. They do everything from reaction training to keeping officers up on protocols. It can also make multiple officers clock in hours of overtime.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 6:43 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The Terre Haute Police Department has a special room for their training sessions. They do everything from reaction training to keeping officers up on protocols.

This vital training also pulls officers like Les Hamm off the job. It can also make multiple officers clock in hours of overtime.

"Normally to do that, to fit that in we have to have four block training which pulls officers off the streets quite a bit because it's a two to three-week process four times a year and those officers have to come off the street for that time," said Hamm.

Now that will soon change with their newest training tool. The department has subscribed to Police One Academy.

It's an officer training website that will replace one of their training sessions a year. Public information officer Ryan Adamson says this will have multiple benefits for the department and the community.

"Basically do classroom training on their own. So that eliminates two things. It eliminates having to take men and women off the streets to detail them to training and it also eliminates the need for having to pay overtime to some women and men during those weeks of block training," said Adamson.

How Police One Academy works is the officers will log in to the system then watch the required videos or articles. The officers would then be able to complete the training while in their squad car or office.

The service costs roughly $8,000 but the department isn't concerned.

"I know we will recoup our money very quickly by eliminating the time we have to come and sit in the classroom by being able to do it on our own," said Adamson.

As for officers like Hamm, he’s happy to hear he will be able to complete his training.. While also keeping Terre Haute safe.

"It’s safer for our guys. It’s safer for the community. We have better response times when there are more guys on the streets, faster response times. So it kind of benefits everybody," said Hamm.
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Now the department still has three other training sessions. They will remain the same that's because they are physical training like firearms practice and vehicle training.

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