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Mobile Academy offers firearms, driving sessions for local officers

When law enforcement officers begin their shifts, they do not know how the day’s events will unfold or the types of dangerous situations they will face.


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine Police Department Sgt. Ed Peters, seated, participates Wednesday in a driving simulation as Sgt. Ryan Furlong of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office looks on. ABOVE: Law enforcement training officers Ryan Born, left, and John Reedy, stand with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy’s new Mobile Academy unit that is in Bellefontaine this week to offer firearms and driving training for local law enforcement officers. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

Because perilous events can develop without much warning, it is crucial for officers to be as prepared as possible by going through training that could one day save their lives.

With that goal in mind, the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy has rolled out new Mobile Academy units that offer such high-risk training scenarios through virtual simulators. These units began traveling to police departments around the state in December.

This week, one of the mobile units is in Bellefontaine so that Logan County Sheriff’s deputies and Bellefontaine Police officers can go through tactical firearms training and driving training.

The program is offered to police departments free of charge, funded by state casino monies received by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  

“This kind of training enhances decision-making and saves lives,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in an article about the Mobile Academy featured in his office’s Criminal Justice Update publication.

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