Law Enforcement Day At Muscatatuck
BUTLERVILLE, Ind. - The Indiana Sheriffs' Association held an Indiana Law Enforcement Day at Muscatatuck, May 8.
Indiana law enforcement officials from more than 40 agencies across the state met at the Butlerville facility to learn from key agency members of the cooperation between the Indiana National Guard and local law enforcement.
"The Indiana Sheriffs' Association has been looking for opportunities to work with other law enforcement partners," said Dan Owen, an affiliate member of the Indiana Sheriffs' Association and organizer of the event. "The interest in Atterbury-Muscatatuck has created the perfect opportunity to bring all of that together."
Executive Director of the Indiana Sheriff's Association Steve Luce agreed with Tooley, stating that money is a driving force behind how much training can be done. At Muscatatuck, however, Indiana's law enforcement community can train for nocost, other than charges for consumables such as meals and on-site housing.
"Training is so important to everybody's budget and it's important to offset the cost of those budgets," Luce explained. "It may cost gas and a little bit of equipment, but whatever we put into it is what we're going to get in return. That opportunity is something we can build on for the future," he said.
The group of nearly 100 law enforcement professionals were given a tour of the facility and took part in afternoon break-out sessions on new law enforcement initiatives in the state and participated in a panel discussion of immersive scenario-based training.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Director John Hill is amazed at the opportunities that are available to the first responder community and public safety partners at the southern Indiana base.
"I've heard Governor Pence emphasize to his Cabinet that performance measured is performance enhanced," Hill said. "When we have the opportunity to train and exercise important emergency preparedness plans, we can measure our performance and better serve the citizens of our state. I was pleased to see the enthusiasm of the participants as they toured the MUTC campus."
According to organizers, the Indiana Sheriffs' Association hopes that this meeting becomes an annual event with law enforcement partners from around the state coming together at least once a year to network and discuss, in an open forum, techniques, tactics and procedures which have helped them over the past year; then the departments can train together or separately to put those same techniques into practice in their own areas.
"This has been a great event," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. "With everything that law enforcement needs to train for today, Muscatatuck is the perfect place and I'm happy that we came down to see what they have to offer."
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