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Training enhances police officers' skills

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Training attended by a pair of Tell City officers will allow them to train others in the areas of emergency-vehicle operations and traffic stops.

Patrolmen Roger Smith and Derrick Lawalin attended summer instructor programs, Smith in emergency-vehicle operations and Lawalin in traffic stops.

New police officers learn those skills while attending law-enforcement training academy but brushing up on the skills is helpful. Indiana is now requiring officers to have yearly training in the two areas.

Smith attended the EVOC training June 29 through July 3. Topics included pursuits - when to initiate a pursuit and when not to - as well as precision driving and topics related to hydroplaning and driving in adverse conditions.

Lawalin's training takes him closer to being able to train officers in the field of traffic stops.

Other law enforcement officers qualified as instructors include Sheriff Bob Glenn, who is also a certified EVOC instructor. Sheriff's Deputy Lee Chestnut and Acting Cannelton Police Chief Eric Dickenson are firearms instructors.