Prattville Police Dept. Adds Training Unit
We're taking action against crime tonight in Prattville where the police department has a new unit they say will deter crime in the long-run and also save tax payer money.
The Prattville Police Department has started it's first ever training unit. The ultimate goal is for officers to have more tactical training incase the worst happens in real life.
Masks, paintball guns and a scene like this one make for tactical training for the Prattville Police Department.
But now it's happening more often because the department has added a new training unit in hope teaching officers how to conduct themselves when scene turns hostile. Lt. Wayne Barlow is the first officer to join the training unit.
So how does having in-house training affect your pocketbook? Chief Thompson says training was out-sourced for years due to budget restraints. But that's no longer the case. He says tax payers will be saving money.
But they're not buying new land, they'll use property already owned by the city. The current training facility holds about 20 people and they're sharing it with another division. They'd like to hold up to 100 people in the new training facility.
The state says officers need to have 12 hours a year of additional training. This year, the department hopes to double that and ultimately increase training hours in the years ahead.