Sheriff Ron Ridley recently returned from training at the United States Marshal's Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco Georgia where he attended a seminar on Courthouse Security, Court Security, and Judicial Protection.
The seminar focused on effective law enforcement responses to today's threats in a courthouse setting, including threats to judicial personnel, escape attempts, high risk trails and active shooter scenarios. The training is specifically designed for law enforcement personnel assigned to protect local and state courts and was taught by senior staff members of the U.S. Marshal's Service and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
Sheriff Ridley was one of only 50 law enforcement professionals in the United States selected to attend this training, which is offered periodically at FLETC. "This was a terrific opportunity to interact with other law enforcement officers and improve our ability to address the unique problems that come with providing adequate protection for a court facility, while maintaining open access to the judicial process.", Sheriff Ridley stated. " We are faced with unique issues in Hodgeman County due to the age of our courthouse and its inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places. I was able to take away a number of cost effective solutions to some of our issues and I expect that we can continue to provide easy access to the courts, without compromising the safety of the courthouse."