POLICE officers from around the world are stationed in Northeast Wisconsin this week, for an international training program to sharpen their skills.
“We have members from 11 countries: Sri Lanka, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Brazil, United States, Canada, several others,” says Officer Joe Johnson of the De Pere Police Department. Johnson is also the National President of the U.S. Section of the International Police Association.
Tuesday marks day three of International Police Association training, kicking off the morning with defensive tactics.
“The quicker they’ve got control of the situation, the less likely that it is that they’re going to go for the gun or any of their other weapons,” says Officer Robert Stenhouse, from the United Kingdom.
Officer Stenhouse spent Tuesday morning teaching defensive, physical protection. He believes veteran officers worldwide don’t get enough up-keep training. In his country, officers are allotted only one extra day of training per year.
In Wisconsin, police officers are required to complete at least 24 hours of training each year. Some say that’s just not enough.
“I’ve been an officer for 20 years, I don’t know everything about the job,” Officer Johnson says. “But I’ve learned something from every one of these people attending.”
One of the police training students, Officer Poline Munyi of Kenya, says the training is a great way to network with other, international police officers.
“It was a great opportunity for me to work with other officers from around the world to share experiences and see how they conduct their duties, pick a few things from them, and also understand how we are doing ourselves,” Officer Munyi says.
“I’ve been shooting all of my life, and to get the chance to come here in America and shoot some of your AR-15’s, and shoot some of your .40 caliber glocks, because we don’t have them, so that’s a real experience and that’s been great,” says Officer Kenneth Pennington, of Northern Ireland.
But beyond target practice, officers say the program is a great way to spread knowledge and safety tactics.
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