Drew offers 2nd law training
by Rory Doyle
Mar 13, 2013 | 902 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Drew Police Department will host a special law enforcement training session on March 20.

The free eight-hour course will focus on domestic violence and is open to all law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The Rural Training Division of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute is organizing the event's schedule.

The course is approved by the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training and attendees will get eight credit hours towards continuing education and certification.

Those interested in attending should preregister by calling Nancy Everett at 601-266-6680 or emailing nancy.everett@usm.edu.

"Domestic violence is one of the most dangerous crimes — not only for the victim, but also for the officer responding to the call," said Drew Police Chief Simon Bush. "That's why this training is going to be extremely important.

Bush added that domestic violence is one of the most common crimes in America and is a serious problem in Drew.

"We see about three domestic violence cases a week in Drew," said Bush. "I think this is an indication that we need to make stricter laws for the crime."

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website, 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women, and one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

Bush noted that most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

The course, to be at the Community Building on 280 West Park Dr. in Drew, will break at midday for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Snacks, coffee and drinks will be provided.

This is the second SRPSI training session Bush has helped bring to Drew following a courtroom testimony training in February.

"The first one was a big success and I'm really looking forward to another big turnout," Bush said. "We encourage all local law enforcers to come out. It's free training and you don't have to travel out of the Delta to get it."

James Bailey Halliday, who has more than 30 years of military and law enforcement experience, will lead the classes.

He successfully served for 20 years as a municipal court prosecutor, was a federal agent with NCIS and a Naval Intelligence and Special Warfare officer.

Halliday has assisted officers throughout the state in proper trial preparation and presentation required to successfully convict arrested offenders.

For questions on Friday's event, contact the Drew Police Department at 662-745-2200.

All persons interested in attending a SRPSI training course must present official agency credentials or a letter from an agency head authorizing attendance prior to the beginning of the course.