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Allen County Sheriff's Office trains on distracted driving and firearms simulation

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For many, it has been awhile since they have had to go through training like this, but that is what makes it invaluable to the department. For many, it has been awhile since they have had to go through training like this, but that is what makes it invaluable to the department.
One of the major pluses of the training is that it was designed by real officers who know what goes on in the field and can add an extra dimension of reality to the simulations. One of the major pluses of the training is that it was designed by real officers who know what goes on in the field and can add an extra dimension of reality to the simulations.

The Allen County Sheriff's Office spent their week training their officers on how to keep the peace and to start, they are revisiting the basics. Using simulators from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, or OPOTA, officers touched up on their defensive driving skills as well as a virtual reality firearms scenario training. 

For many, it has been awhile since they have had to go through training like this, but that is what makes it invaluable to the department.

"It reminds you not to be complacent," says Administrative Lt. Andre McConnahea. "It makes you think about things you might not have thought about since the academy, and it's important. We have to keep doing trainings like this and really keep us thinking about the little things that make the big things not so much a problem."

This is voluntary training is part of a larger effort by the Sheriff's Office to increase the amount of training their officers receive throughout the year. The department clocked over 7,000 hours of training in 2017 and they hope to pass that number by the end of 2018.

"We believe training is the key for better officers and better communication with the public," says Sheriff Matt Treglia. "Our usual trainings are mandated by the state that we could take online. This is different, this academy comes to us and our officers can filter in and out and even get more time with the OPOTA-certified officers to do this driving academy and the shooting scenarios."

One of the major pluses of the training is that it was designed by real officers who know what goes on in the field and can add an extra dimension of reality to the simulations.

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