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Budget: Chief reports on training for officers

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

By Ralph Pokorny

Nevada Daily Mail

In 1869 Nevada had an elected marshal, Nevada Police Chief Graham Burnley told the Nevada City Council during a budget work session Monday evening.

Today, the department has 19 authorized police officers and one officer whose salary is funded under a COPPS grant, he said, adding that COPPS stands for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving.

For 2012, Burnley said that he requested about $3,000 for training for the department and with that money he has sent every supervisor to the Missouri Highway Patrol supervisor training. The next goal to to get all the sergeants some additional training.

"It's important to train them to be leaders," Burnley said.

The department also hosted the FBI Child Abduction Response Training.

"It was a huge success," he said.

Several Nevada officers also have been certified as instructors and have conducted training in areas such as: use of force, firearms, tasers and defense tactics.

"The Citizens Police Academy has made the most positive impression on the residents," he told the council.

In 2012 Burnley said the department applied for and received a grant from the Finis M. Moss Charitable Trust that paid for officers to receive Crisis Intervention Training.

He told the council that he had originally planned to train enough officers to have a CIT trained officer for each shift.

"They learn how to deal more effectively with people with mental health problems," he said.

It has proved to be more successful than Burnley originally expected, and he said it had an impact on some officers that surprised him.

"It's touchy-feely," he said.

"Now I'm planning to train all the officers. We're at 50 percent now," he said.

The Neighborhood Watch program has been frustrating, he said.

"We had a date setup to start and no one showed up," he said.

"I know it can work. We need people to tell us about crimes," he said, adding that the police cannot be everywhere.

"We have another date set in December," Burnley said.

The police department accounts for about $1.4 million of the city's annual budget, and is the largest department expense to come from the city's general fund, which is largely funded with the city's 1 percent sales tax.



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