Tahoka Law Enforcement Officers Train With National Organization - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/07

Tahoka Law Enforcement Officers Train With National Organization

With the recent rash of violent crimes gripping Lubbock and other towns on the South Plains, the Tahoka police, Sheriff's Deputies and ISD Officers spent time Saturday training and learning ways to make our community a safer one.

The United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association (USDSA) is a non-profit organization based out of Houston. They train officers and deputies in all 50 states and they came to Tahoka Saturday with one goal: to help make the men and women who keep us safe everyday even better.

Lynn County Sheriff Jerry D. Franklin says training together is the best way to train, "Because we're a small county and we have limited resources and the truth of the matter is we all work together on a daily basis and we train together and work together to do whatever we have to do."

"It's fundamental techniques they're going to have to use on a daily basis," said Mike Willis.

Willis is the Director of Training for the USDSA. He conducts upwards of 30 training sessions each year across the country with several goals.

"Number one; develop confidence in themselves and the people they work with. But also to give them some basic tactics to handle difficult situations whether it be a drug raid, an unknown home search, any type of situation when they've got to go into a building and clear it more safely and not get hurt," said Willis.

All Texas law enforcement officers are required by law to train once a year. In Lynn County they try to do it at least twice a year.

If you'd like to learn more about the USDSA, click here.

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