Police officers deal with more problems that what you might think. Of course, they're responsible for catching the bad guys, but to do that, they have to keep up with the times. One way they do that is by constantly training for new and different situations they could face.
A local law enforcement officer will soon be heading off to an elite program that the FBI Academy holds for officers all over the world. Chief Deputy Ralph Wright is the first officer in Marion County to be nominated and accepted.
"They basically let us sit through the academy. You can pick your own courses and stuff. It's basically to enhance your supervisory skills as law enforcement," said Chief Deputy Ralph Wright, Marion County Sheriff's Department.
The FBI National Academy in Virginia invites 250 police officers, who hold a managerial position, to join an in-depth training course for about 10 weeks, four times a year. Those officers will have the opportunity to learn more about drug enforcement strategies, forensic science and even how to handle the media.
"Well, you know, times have changed. The issues that law enforcement faces today are a tenfold from 10 years ago. We're dealing with drugs coming in from out of state, different ways that [drug dealers are] bringing them in, embezzlements and stuff like that, then paper crimes and computer crimes," said Chief Deputy Wright.
He said this training won't just be a benefit to himself, but also to his department, and most importantly, the community.
"I'll be able to come back and hopefully develop some good policies and procedures. Any skills learned at the FBI Academy, I'll pass it on down to our supervisors and down to our road deputies," he said.
Chief Deputy Wright will begin training at the academy in April.