By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — This entire week, the multi-purpose/emergency management room in the police station is filled with local police officers who are in leadership training with the FBI.
Included in the group are three Gilford police officers, and two of them are attending the $699 training session at no cost because the department is hosting the training session.
"One of the goals of building (the multi-purpose/emergency management room) was to cut down on some of our training costs," said Lt. Kris Kelley who was part of the initial planning process for the 2015 police station renovation.
As part of the $1.64 million police station reconstruction, the department applied for and received a $169,000 federal grant that, in part, provided for the construction of the emergency management room. Kelley said the revamped police station was designed so the room could also serve as a community room that could be accessed from both the internal entrance to Town Hall and from the Police Department.
"In an emergency," said Kelley, "we have the means to completely secure it from the general public."
The Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Training is but one of the training sessions the police have done in the room.
Divided into three segments, this week's training is for entry-level command staff such as sergeants and those who aspire to be sergeants. A command session for mid-level command staff will be held in the end of January, and in March the third section for executive command staff such as chiefs will be held.
Until now, Kelley said the closest available venue for this type of high-level training was in Hampton or in a different state. Fore example, he said he took a similar course when he was a sergeant and spent two weeks in Rhode Island.
"Now our local police agencies have only to drive to Gilford in the morning," he said.
Kelley said there were three primary goals for building the multi-purpose/command center, and the first one was to cut down on department training costs by hosting the classes.
This year, the police department has also sponsored active shooter training for area civilians who were then able to return to their workplaces and impart their knowledge to their coworkers.
He said the second reason was to provide Gilford and other area officers with some of the best training available and eliminate the costs of travel.
Thirdly, Kelley said the multi-purpose room is also a space the community can use. He said that, with the exception of the Gilford Public Library, the police department has one of the best community spaces available in town, which is needed because the library is always so busy.
He also noted that if there were to be an emergency within Gilford, the town has an acceptable and secure spot for an operations center. He said that all of the latest technology interfaces have been installed, so if there is an emergency Gilford is prepared.
Ron Bayne, a retired commander from the Scottsdale Arizona Police Department, conducted a training session at the new Gilford Police Department training room Monday. (Courtesy photo)
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