Vidalia police officers complete training courses

Published 10:19 am Monday, October 20, 2014

VIDALIA  Vidalia Police officers completed training  courses in the months of August, September and October.

The Vidalia Police Department operates under the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training standards, and is required to have at least 20 hours of training every year per officer, according to a department spokesman.

Chief Arthur Lewis has appointed a training coordinator to seek out the required training officers need and determine the most cost effective way of obtaining this training, the spokesman said.

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Those officers who completed training include:

• Roger “Chip” McDonald Jr., who received first aid, CPR and AED Instructor training.

• Miranda Clifton became an instructor in VALOR Train the Trainer Officer Safety.

• Dennis Cowan, who attended a POST firearm instructor re-certification.

• Johnny Whitehead and Jimmy Watts, who completed Taser instructor training.

• Terence Williams and Tracy Linder, who received domestic violence training.

• McDonald, Heath Edwards and Jimmy Watts trained with POST in domestic violence.

• Bruce Wiley completed media management training.

Officers also received training in methamphetamine lab response, active shooter training, traffic incident management and traffic-bridge accident response training.