OPOTA Offered 2 Training Opportunities at WSCC
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) from London, OH offered two four-hour training classes for area criminal justice professionals and students during April, Community College Month. A class entitled "Critical Incident Stress Management Awareness" was held on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room of WSCC's Main Building. This workshop prepared participants for a wide range of crisis intervention services: critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), pre-incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, information on line-of-duty death, suicide, and reasonable coping skills for both day-to-day stress and stress caused from exposure to traumatic events. The training also discussed appropriate follow up services and referrals for traumatic stress.
The second training session provided a basic overview of human trafficking, and was held on Tuesday, April 23 in Washington State Community College's Harvey Graham Auditorium from 10am-2pm. It provided an overview of human trafficking crimes, examined causes and effects of this serious crime nationally and internationally, and explored the perspectives of victims and perpetrators. The training also covered recent changes to Ohio law that assist law enforcement and other agencies in fighting this crime. Completion of this course satisfies the training requirement mandated by Ohio law.