LaGrange Police Department is due to receive a $ 62,500 grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council on June 1.
The grant money will be used to purchase a training simulator that will help place officers in realistic decision-making training scenarios, Lt. Eric Lohr.
Governor Brian Kemp and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Executive Director Jay Neal announced last week that 63 grants totaling $ 6,756,389 have been awarded to the Law Enforcement Training Grant Program.
The grant is distributed to police stations across the country.
The Pine Mountain Police Department also received $ 13,695. Local departments like Hogansville and West Point were not recipients on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s award list.
The LPD has taken various approaches to training officers and ensuring that they have various forms of training available, Lohr said.
Lohr himself was in Alabama on Wednesday for a master instructor class for Bolawrap training.
“It’s not just important that our officers are trained, but that the agencies we work with have that training,” he said.
While scenario training does not necessarily have to change the attitudes of those involved, it improves the quality of the training, said Lohr. He added that hiring the right people is an important part of the process.
“We have a slogan in our training center: ‘We train to be better than we are doing well now,’” he said. “We always try to improve our work.”
In 2020, Kemp recommended and lawmakers approved the creation of a law enforcement fellowship program by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for state and local law enforcement agencies, according to the Kemp office press release.
“We are committed to providing law enforcement officers across the state with the specific training and resources they need to provide the best possible public safety for the citizens of Georgia,” said Kemp. “This grant program will help pay for basic training – including the use of force and de-escalation – for state and local law enforcement officers and give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”