CALCUTTA - The St. Clair Township Police Department has been selected to host the Ohio Attorney General's Office's Mobile Academy.
Police Chief Don Hyatt informed township trustees the mobile academy would be setting up shop Nov. 19-21 in the rear parking lot of township administration building and police department. Hyatt says the Mobile Academy will give his and other area officers an opportunity to hone crucial skill sets.
"It's newer, more technical hands-on training," said Hyatt.
The chief said his department has been eager to host the the academy since he heard about the Attorney General's OPOTA regional training programs. Hyatt said his department's level of activity and available facilities were both factors in being selected.
"We're very excited to be hosting the mobile training site-it's an honor," said Hyatt.
According to the chief, the Mobile Academy consists of several trailers containing high-tech digital simulators, which put officers in realistic on-duty scenarios.
The mobile academy simulators train officers in firearms and driving, according to the Ohio Attorney General's website. The MILO Range Simulator offers 425 different scenarios featuring a range of realistic weapons and equipment while the PatrolSim driving simulator trains officers to answer "high risk calls" and perform other driving related tasks.
"It's about as real as you can get," said Hyatt. "You're faced with real-life scenarios."
Hyatt says his goal is to involve as many area police departments as possible, however, the mobile training program only can accommodate a maximum of 46 trainees within the three days.
"We'll try to make it work," said Hyatt. "I want to invite as many area police departments as possible because there are police departments that can't afford training to begin with."
Hyatt said the all-day training will start at 8 a.m. Every hour is structured, he said, so officers get the most out of the training. The program is free through the Ohio Attorney General's Office, according to Hyatt, who notes that the mobile academy circumvents many of the cost associated with traditional training.
In other business:
- Hyatt announced St. Clair Township will hold its Halloween trick-or-treat hours 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, in conjunction with the city of East Liverpool.
- Trustees announced the speed limit on Christian Place has been reduced to 30 miles per hour.