GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department earlier this month sponsored a week-long instructor training course for officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the region.
The Instructor Development Training Course was held at the Fulton County Fire Training Center in Johnstown beginning Jan. 6 running through Jan. 10, according to a police press release.
The intensive training course prepares officers to become general topic instructors. Once certified through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, these officers can become instructors providing training sessions to officers at their own agencies and at police academies.
Additionally, obtaining the general topics instructor certification enables officers to pursue further certifications as advanced instructors in other disciplines, including defensive tactics, firearms and emergency vehicle operations.
The instructor training class this month was led by Corrections Officer Eric Jacobs of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office. Jacobs is the Gloversville Police Department’s training officer and is a certified master instructor enabling him to certify other instructors.
Several area law enforcement instructors assisted in teaching the course including Troy Police Department Assistant Chief Chris Kehn, Fulton County Correctional Facility Training Sgt. Willis Wood and from the Gloversville Police Department Sgt. Ronald Reu and Officer Ryan Hernigle.
In providing this assistance, both Kehn and Wood will receive their master instructor certifications and Reu and Hernigle will start the process of working toward certification.
Members of several area law enforcement agencies participated in the training course including Corrections Officers Jamaal Johnson and Joseph Reynolds of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officer Jonathan Bellamy and Det. Jillian Faville of the Gloversville Police Department, Sgt. Michael Pedrick and Officer Kirk Hisert of the Johnstown Police Department, Corrections Officer Nicholas Smith of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and Karen Moore of the Schenectady County Emergency Management Office and Schenectady County Auxiliary Police Department.
The Gloversville Police Department extended their thanks and appreciation to Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria and Emergency Management Assistant Beth Whitman-Putnam, Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino, Fulton County Correctional Facility Capt. Keith Acknernecht, Jacobs and Wood for their time and assistance providing the training course.