Officers finish operations training

FOSTORIA -?Fostoria police officers were among several law enforcement officials to recently complete advanced emergency vehicle operations training at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

According to a release from the State Highway Patrol, 17 Fostoria police officers were among law enforcement from throughout the state to complete the training on the 2.4 mile, 15-turn race course in Lexington. A total of eight sessions were held for law enforcement this month and last.

Law enforcement casino training funds were used to fund the training, which was designed to heighten the skill level of officers to operate a patrol vehicle in the most efficient and safest manner possible. The six-hour training incorporated classroom instruction as well as practical exercises.

“The leading cause of on-duty deaths of law enforcement officers nationally is automobile-related traffic crashes,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, in the release. “Driving skills are perishable. This advanced training provides officers from across Ohio the opportunity to improve their skills.”

According to the release, before the casino law enforcement training funds were available, it was the responsibility of the individual agencies to incur the cost of sending officers to advanced training opportunities such as the operations training.