WSCC Hosts Local Authorities in Free OPOTA Training Course

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Law enforcement officers, firefighters, and Criminal Justice students received free training through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) on December 17th at Washington State Community College (WSCC). The free training classes were made available thanks to the continued support of OPOTA of London, OH. The continuing series of classes held at WSCC benefit local law enforcement officers and firefighters by helping them to further hone their skills. In addition to helping existing authorities, these classes also provide criminal justice students with real world experience in the field that they hope to enter after graduation.

John Burdette, the Director of the Center for Public Safety Training at WSCC, stated that, "54 people, including law enforcement officers, firefighters and criminal justice students attended another in an ongoing series of free training classes put on by OPOTA out of London, OH. Attendees came from as far as Wheeling, WV to Huntington, WV and all points between in Ohio and West Virginia. The Center for Public Safety Training and OPOTA have forged a very beneficial relationship for all first responders from this entire region."

Those in attendance agreed that the training course offered beneficial skills that would be integrated into their work skill set. The topics covered in this particular training course dealt with effective communication skills. Ronald Davitt, a Law Enforcement Training Officer for OPOTA described the content of the course, stating, "The 4-hour course covered critical communication skills for those tasked with maintaining their composure during potentially volatile encounters. Some of the topics covered included verbal and non-verbal skills, guidelines for effective verbalization, active listening, and effective questioning techniques."

Those involved in the course found it to provide useful and interesting material that will help facilitate their jobs, and therefore improve the community as a whole. By actively training and maintaining important skills such as communication techniques, law enforcement officers and fire fighters are able to more efficiently perform their jobs and protect members of the community. For these reasons, WSCC looks forward to hosting more OPOTA events in the future.

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