Thursday, January 4, 2007
Pearson attends new chiefs class
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Police Chief Robert Pearson recently completed 40 hours of training required for all new police chiefs entering the force in Mississippi.
He said the seminars included important information specific to Mississippi law.
“One of the classes was put on by the State Auditor’s Office,” he said, “and included some things we are required to do and some things we cannot do.”
The 30 new chiefs attending the class learned about property management and how seized property must be handled.
Other classes dealt with civil and criminal liability, records retention, and obtaining psychological services for officers involved in a traumatic case through state agencies.
The training session also provided an opportunity for new chiefs to network with other chiefs around the state.
At the local level, Pearson said the department is focusing on training to prepare officers better in report writing, laws of arrest, fingerprint collection and preservation of evidence left at the scene.
More importantly, in the near term, Pearson said his department is working to build positive professional relationships between the police force and the community.
The new bridge between personnel at the department and the public requires earning the public’s trust and confidence, he said.
“Once we get our officers in tune to that, that will make us more effective,” Pearson said.
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