Last week, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald supervised six hours of continuing education for the sheriff’s department along with the Chetek Police Department and the Turtle Lake, Barron and Cumberland police departments.
Police training is critical to insure that the public receives the best policing possible.
“We are using a series of scenarios in our training,” said Barron County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Captain Ron Baures. “We have officers taking on various roles in live shooter training, domestic abuse and mental health [scenarios].”
When a person has untreated mental health issues, if that person is a danger to himself/herself or others, a judge can sign an order to have law enforcement take the individual to a mental health facility for treatment.
“When we make contact with the patient we utilize CIT,” said Baures. That stands for Crisis Intervention Training. “The officers speak to the patient, inform him/her as to what is going on, and speak quietly and calmly to the patient with utmost respect. The goal is to insure the safety of all persons present.” Baures added.
Officers will also receive updated training regarding evidence collection and preparing and serving search warrants. The trainers are certified by the state and include and Barron Police Chief Joe Vierkandt and two sheriff’s department deputies, Andy Krahenbuhl and Jason Olson.
Approximately 40 officers will take part in the training. In order to remain certified as law enforcement officers, they need to get 24 hours of training each year.