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Williston Police promote career development

April 14, 2011

Williston Police Chief Roy A. Nelson announced the department’s continuing effort to establish a structured career development program where members of the department can participate and prepare themselves to successfully perform assigned duties as well as meet new challenges.

Recently, Officer Justin Huizenga was assigned to attend a “First Line Supervision” training course. The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recognized Officer Huizenga on April 1 for the successful completion of the “Command Training Series: First Line Supervision Course,” a two-week comprehensive training program.

Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners between March 21 and April 1, discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues, and ethical decision-making.
Graduates of this program represented police departments from throughout the New England states.

Further, the department recently sent two officers to obtain their certification as “Instructors” for issues involving the application of police batons, handcuffing, and O.C. spray. The department has been without an active instructor since May 2010.

Officers William Charbonneau and Karie Tucker will fill this void and have the responsibility of creating and providing lesson plans covering areas such as legal aspects of police use of force, baton deployment and purpose, justification, handcuffing passive and resistant suspects, application of O.C. spray, decontamination procedures, and documentation/tracking use of force, and policy review.

Training for Officers Charbonneau and Tucker was sponsored by the Meriden (Conn.) Police Department. Staff administered academic and practical skills from KFD Training and Consultation led by (Ret) Lt. Kevin Dillon, an internationally recognized trainer.
Chief Nelson acknowledges the members of the department for their concerted efforts in conducting investigations involving the distribution of illegal drugs because much of the educational expenses were offset through confiscated drug asset funds.