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Utah Teens Eyeing Law Enforcement Attend Local Police Academy

The classrooms of Eastmont have temporarily been transformed into barracks that house multiple sleeping bags and the neatly placed belongings of students participating in the academy — a weeklong military-type boot camp for youths ages 14 to 20 who are considering careers in law enforcement or military services.

“When we first started out, everyone was stressed out,” said Kenzee McPherron, 16, of Sandy. “The first few days were the hardest for us. It’s been really good so far, but it has been tough.”

Most of this year’s participants, who are called “explorers,” are from Salt Lake City and Sandy, which originally caused a social rift at the beginning of the week, according to Salt Lake police detective Cody Lougy, who helped run the event. However, as the students struggled through physical training and other activities, the rivalry faded and they grew closer as squads.

“That’s what we are trying to do — build teamwork,” Lougy said. “We break them down so we can build them back up.”

While the academy is very rigorous and often serious, explorers also find ways to enjoy the week’s events by being proud of their many accomplishments — such as the bruises on their arms, which they merited by being chased and taken down by a police dog while they were wearing a bite suit.

Read more on KSL.

Source: www.ksl.com

St. George Police Provide First-Hand Look At Active Shooter Response Training

The St. George Police Department (Utah) conducted force-on-force, scenario-based drills Wednesday during its annual department-wide, full-scale active shooting training at Desert Hills High School to train and prepare law enforcement for real life scenarios.

For the first time, the Police Department opened a portion of the training to the media, providing a backstage pass and up-close look at how the department trains and prepares for these life or death situations.

“It’s unique training because, obviously, we’re preparing for the worst of the worst,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

As tragic public shooting events have continued to increase across the nation, the demand and need for law enforcement to receive active shooter response training, to show officers how to effectively and safely respond to an active shooter event, has become critical.

When a person is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, the situation is unpredictable, as there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims, and these situations evolve quickly.

Nonetheless, there are steps law enforcement can take to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims, and St. George News was given the opportunity to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a police officer in an active shooter situation.

“We want to show people how we train – what we prepare for and let you guys experience it,” Despain said.

The police are also hoping that the exercise shows the severity of a shooting and that it encourages them to have an active shooter plan in their business.

The St. George Police Department equipped participants with police gear, including a rifle and a duty belt – with a pistol, a Taser and pepper spray – and let participants decide what tools they would use in different situations.

The first scenario involved an active shooter in a chaotic movie theater environment designed to make officers have to think quickly, act quickly, and make decisions to determine, Despain said, who’s a threat, what’s a threat and what’s not a threat.

Watch the report on KCSG TV.

Source: www.kcsg.com

South Utah Organization Vests K-9s Nationwide

If Facebook “likes” really represent popularity, K-9 officer-in-training Tank is no stranger to fame.

Washington City business Tread Armament and Weaponry offered to donate Tank a bullet and stab-proof vest through an organization called Vesting America’s Police K-9s if a photo of him posted on Facebook garnered 1 million “likes.”

Support for Tread Armament and Vesting America’s Police K-9s’ efforts to vest furry officers across the U.S. is contributing to a trend of making sure K-9s are safe on the job, said Kathy Williams, volunteer in the cause.

Williams said she watched coverage of the Zions Bank robbery that happened Sept. 11, 2014, in St. George.

Law enforcement officials sent K-9s to search for the suspect; Williams noticed they wore no protective gear.

“I thought that was really unusual because the dogs were the ones going into the most dangerous part,” she said. “At first I thought, ‘Someone should do something about that. Why not me?’”

But a bit of research showed police departments’ inabilities to fund K-9 knife and bullet-proof vests aren’t rare; Whitney said they’re expensive to begin with.

Read more in The Spectrum.

Source: www.thespectrum.com

Utah Man Planned To Kill Officers, Bomb Police Station

A Utah man accused of wanting to kill police officers and blow up a police station to trigger an anti-government uprising is set to be sentenced Thursday.

John Huggins faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device in a deal with prosecutors. In return, they dropped two other charges related to explosive devices.

Investigators say they found a homemade grenade-like device constructed from an energy-drink bottle inside his trailer home in July after police got a tip that Huggins was targeting a police station.

A person described as a “concerned citizen” told investigators that Huggins talked about assassinating two officers and blowing up the police station in his hometown of Tremonton, about 75 miles north of Salt Lake City, authorities said. He also threatened to blow up bridges and other infrastructure to prevent emergency responders from being able to help, according to court records.

Read more in Mint Press News.

Source: www.mintpressnews.com

Sheriff’s Office Stressing Tougher Drug Enforcement – Sevier County, Utah

Since the beginning of the year, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has approached drug related offenses with a new emphasis.

“I’ve told my deputies to do whatever it takes to track them [drug offenses] down,” said Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis. “They’ve really stepped up their game.”

Source: www.richfieldreaper.com