Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Baldwin to host police workshop

August 13, 2003

Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna believes this week will be a good learning experience for area law enforcement officers.

Baldwin will be host to a police ethics and integrity workshop Thursday, and 40 to 45 area law enforcement officers, including all of the Baldwin police officers, are expected attend.

"The class will deal with the daily decision making by police officers and how they reach the decisions they make," McKenna said.

The all-day workshop at Baker University is sponsored by the Regional Community Policing Institute from Wichita State University, a branch of the United States Department of Justice. It will be led by two instructors, one from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson and the other from the Wichita Police Department.

McKenna said the officers will work through a number of problem-solving issues before comparing and discussing the decisions they reached.

He said the workshop will be beneficial to the officers for several reasons.

"It'll let them see in a classroom setting how their decisions may be perceived or how they may affect their organizations and communities," he said. "It'll be a good learning opportunity for all of the officers who attend."

He said he doesn't want this to be the only workshop offered for area officers.

"Hopefully, this is one of a series of classes that will deal with other issues in law enforcement," he said. "I hope we can expand the learning opportunities for the officers in other areas as well."

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