Thursday's Editorial

Kudos to sheriff's office

This week, more than 600 members of law enforcement are in Coweta County for Mantracker.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the three-day training session has grown by leaps and bounds. It originally started as a training program for the state Department of Corrections Fugitive Squad in tracking escaped felons, but budget cuts forced the state to drop the program and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office took it over.

A big salute to our sheriff’s office for having the foresight to not only take over the program, but to continue to improve it and turn it into one the premier training programs in the Southeast.

The canine units continue to be a large segment of the training, including narcotics and explosives training. Coupled with that are sessions in firearm training, combat shooting, judgmental shooting, high-risk warrant services and dealing with shooters in buildings. All these are excellent programs to help our officers become better at their jobs.

Yet the sheriff’s office has gone several steps further. The drug track now includes courses on meth labs and synthetic drugs, which focus on understanding the chemicals, dangers and proper responses. Other programs that have been added include surviving a traffic stop ambush, dealing with sovereign citizens, handling a railroad crossing accident, dealing with parole house clearing and perimeter security.

But it’s not all about dogs and guns and felons.

There are classes on communication radio etiquette, ethical performance standards, collecting evidence for prosecution, courtroom demeanor, courtroom evidence procedures, and temporary protective orders.

All this adds up to three intense days where law enforcement can learn new tactics and methods, improve their skills and beef up their existing training. All that is done to better serve us, and for that we thank them for taking the time out for this great training program. And a special thanks to all those in the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office who help make it happen every year.

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