Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Local officers trained

MT. ORAB — The Mt. Orab Police Department hosted a free police training seminar provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on July 22, held at the home of the Mt. Orab Fire Department.

Officers from the Mt. Orab PD, Fayetteville Police Department, Russellville Police Department, Georgetown Police Department,Winchester Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and other local police agencies took part in the training program, which involved taking part in computer simulations.

One simulation involved the officers on their feet, using modified handguns, tasers, and pepper spray that can be read by a screen in a program similar to some seen in video game arcades, only using real taped video from real-life situations.

The other simulation was a driving simulator, testing the officer’s driving abilities to respond to emergencies on the road, with dangerous drivers who don’t pull over to the side of the road or aren’t paying attention.

“This training program is to educate officers on making good ‘use-of-force’ decisions and interactions with people,” Mt. Orab police officer George Baker said. “It’s forcing them to talk to people and pick up on danger clues that we may exhibit.”

In one video example in the first simulation, a male pulls over on the left side of the road after being seen driving recklessly and goads the police officers in the room to shoot him. Then, he turns homicidal and claims he will kill the police officers. In the video, the male reaches into his car and begins to pull out a firearm.

The instructor points out to the officers in the room during a debrief that there were a number of red flags he identified.

The job of the officer is trying to handle the situation, but once they see the male pulling out a firearm, the officers use lethal force to diffuse the situation.

“The only time we employ lethal force is if someone is a lethal threat to somebody else,” George Baker said. “The best way we can do that is multiple high, center-chest hits. We aren’t trying to kill anybody but we have to stop their actions immediately.”

In another computer simulation, the police officers are part of a four-person police team that is hunting down an alleged gunman who has put a local school on lock down. The officers form a diamond formation and soon see two children laying in the hallways bleeding.

Suddenly, one of the policemen is shot in the shoulder from an unidentified gunman. When the gunman is identified, he has a child in the execution pose.

On the first run through of the simulator, the police officers in the room were a half-second too late, and although they incapacitated the gunman, they were too late to save the child.

In the second run through, the officers trusted their instincts and connected with a pair of head shots to incapacitate the gunman and let the child escape and run away from harm.

“Many times as a police officer, we subconsciously make these decisions, but its about teaching them to recognize why they do it, how they do it, and articulate and document what they’re seeing,” Baker said. “That’s all part of this training.”

The officers used modified pistols, tasers and pepper spray that are seen by the computer’s simulator through the use of lasers.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_10696386_926537390739027_6320171929050471206_n.jpgThe officers used modified pistols, tasers and pepper spray that are seen by the computer’s simulator through the use of lasers. Courtesy Photo

Russellville Police Department Chief Matt Wertz takes part in the July 22 training.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_11751449_926537217405711_3051056322795392055_n.jpgRussellville Police Department Chief Matt Wertz takes part in the July 22 training. Courtesy Photo
Mt. Orab hosts free police officer training

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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