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YPD hones skills through training role-plays at Sheridan school



Published: Tue, July 8, 2014 @ 11:20 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Police often have to make split-second decisions that can reverberate for years, so training to make those decisions faster is key.

That was the goal Tuesday at the old Sheridan Elementary School as members of the city police department took part in simulations of shooting and driving situations. The training was conducted by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy through the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Capt. Kevin Mercer said 96 of the department’s officers signed up for the training, including all members of the patrol and vice divisions as well as some in the detective division, and all officers who have police dogs.

The training also will continue today. This week’s training is in addition to mandatory training all officers have to take, and Mercer said it was provided free the attorney general’s office. He also said the school district allowed the department to use the school property for free.

Patrol officers Phil Skowron and Hannah Banks were two who took part in shooting scenarios in a classroom.

Read more about the day's event in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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