By Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, Chair, Law and Public Safety Committee
The recently renovated, state-of-the-art Middlesex County Police Training Center in Edison is home to an impressive list of specialized training courses designed to help local law enforcement better protect and serve the residents of Middlesex County and beyond.
As times change, so do the challenges faced by local law enforcement personnel. This facility gives the county the opportunity to tailor educational and training programs to the County’s own special needs. It also serves as a satellite training center for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and is used to educate more law enforcement groups from outside the County.
As needs arise in the field, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and his office work in cooperation with the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police to assess the training demands of county and local law enforcement personnel. They then develop courses and the resources needed to offer that training on site at the center.
A session completed last month, the Developmentally Disabled Offenders Program, was a full day of instruction geared toward teaching officers how to recognize and control people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and communication difficulties. This program offered new skills and awareness to local law enforcement officers who are now better prepared to handle and defuse potentially dangerous situations involving developmentally disabled suspects. Repeat courses are planned for the coming months.
Also included in this year’s catalog are courses that cover school violence, bias crime, counterterrorism, school security, street and gang-related crimes, sex crime and domestic violence investigations.
The Middlesex County Police Training Center is an incredible asset for our county and local law enforcement personnel. By offering the most up-to-date training, we can ensure that our law enforcement professionals have the necessary skills to serve effectively in our communities. The Middlesex County Police Training Center will continue to offer a wide variety of innovative programs and training that will help local law enforcement better protect and serve the residents of Middlesex County.
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