OPD introduces new training program to recruit out-of-state agents

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Police departments across the country are struggling to hire officers. For this reason, they have to find new ways to attract applicants.

The Omaha Police Department is now taking a new approach to recruiting experienced officers. Omaha will soon become the only police service in the state capable of training out-of-state officers.

“This will be the first time that the Omaha Police Training Unit, and we have a state-of-the-art training facility, will be able to train certified law enforcement officers from the outside of state who really want and would love to be part of the Omaha Police Department, ”said Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez of the Omaha Police Department.

OPD says that opening up recruitment to already sworn officers from other states will be of added benefit to our entire community.

“We want to be able to attract experience because we know that the more experience you have as a police officer, the less likely you are to have altercations in the street because many of these police officers have been in very volatile situations. “said Gonzalez.

Until now, officers from other states wishing to work here had to train on Grand Island at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.

This change means these officers can be in the thick of the action in Omaha for 10 to 12 weeks while they train.

“These officers could come to Omaha, live in Omaha, take daytime training. This is a big deal for some people because if this is a place where you are going to work, it would be nice to have some training in our academy, ”said Gonzalez.

Deputy Chef Greg Gonzalez has worked hard to bring this new program to Omaha.

He says having him here means these agents will learn all the local laws. This training goes beyond.

“We do a lot more mental health training in our academy than other departments maybe don’t. We go above and beyond in Omaha and it’s a holistic approach.

OPD says this program will mirror the lateral hiring training in the state already underway. They say opening up the field to those out of state will be a game-changer.

“We want to make sure that our policing department not only reflects the community, but we want to make sure we attract the best,” Gonzalez said.

OPD says it will begin training these out-of-state officers from mid to late 2022.

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