Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Training benefits PD

October 6, 2005

Basehor police department's top two officers are bringing knowledge back from recent out-of-town training sessions.

Police Chief Terry Horner returned to the department this week from a police chief training session, Sept. 23 to 28, in Miami, Fla. Horner attended classes that covered personnel management, leadership development, grant writing, public information and organizational management.

Lloyd Martley, the police department's investigator, recently attended a criminal investigator's school in Kansas City, Mo., where he learned techniques in areas such as evidence preservation, crime scene investigation and duties of an investigator at a crime scene.

Horner said information from the training sessions is an invaluable asset to the police department. Techniques learned are relayed to all officers in the department, the chief said.

Since his tenure with the Basehor department began, Horner has instituted one mandatory training day per month. Tricks of the trade are routinely swapped among officers during the session.

"If somebody goes to a training session, they bring out what they learned by sharing their knowledge with all other officers," he said.

The police chief also requires each officer who attends a training session to bring back a copy of the course's curriculum and make it available to colleagues.

"It's about learning how to better assist the public and the department," Horner said. "(Training sessions) are well worth the trip."

More than 30 detectives from the Kansas City metropolitan area attended the training session that Martley did. The sessions, sponsored by the Public Agency Training Counsel, were patterned for new department investigators and offered the latest trends for probes into murders, sexual assaults and burglaries.

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