Middletown City Council heard the first reading of an resolution to appropriate the funds received from a local grant to help Middletown police obtain updated specialized training for its officers.
The Middletown Community Foundation awarded the $10,000 grant to the Division of Police, but council had to approve the resolution on Tuesday before it could be spent. Council is expected to give final approval for this resolution at its March 20 meeting.
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According to a report prepared by Maj. David Birk, the funds would be used to send patrol officers and detectives to attend specialized training courses in:
- Child abuse and neglect
- Crime scene investigation
- Active shooter instructor school
- Hostage negotiations
- De-escalating the special needs population
- Human trafficking
- Interview and interrogations courses
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Officers and detectives attending these courses return to train the entire police division with new techniques.
“This will not only benefit the Middletown Division of Police, but the entire community benefits with updated training with more effective methods and techniques in policing,” the staff report said.