OPOTA Offered 2 Training Opportunities at WSCC

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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.

Both training sessions are intended for Ohio and West Virginia law enforcement and other criminal justice experts. WV DJCS has approved both classes for in-service training requirements. Those in the WSCC Criminal Justice degree program and Peace Officer Basic Academy were eligible to register, along with law enforcement from the federal, state and local levels in OH and WV, prosecutors and others in the criminal justice arena. The class was free for all who register. These class offerings are part of WSCC's initiative to become a criminal justice training hub for Southeastern OH. For more information, please contact John Burdette at (740) 374 8716, or email at jburdette1@wscc.edu.

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