Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputies to Begin New Training Program
A group of new Missoula County sheriff's deputies were the first in Montana to begin a new training course.
NBC Montana reports every Montana sheriff's deputy receives extensive training at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, but in Missoula County, the sheriff's deputy believes there's room for a little more.
Undersheriff Jason Johnson said the goal is to prepare deputies for all situations.
"When you come in contact with a citizen and you're doing your job, even if it's writing a ticket, you can do it in a way that's respectful and if you do it that way that respect will be reflected back to you," said Johnson.
The name of the course is called Blue Courage. It's core tenants include:
-Personal development on the mind, body and spirit
-Reigniting a sense of passion and purpose to the profession of policing
-Treating every person they encounter with human dignity and respect
-Having good decision-making skills
Missoula resident Robert Chestnutt said law enforcement officers are already are heros.
"I think they do a good job considering how few there are...and how big of a community they have to cover," said Chestnutt.
The training course is free, according to MCSO. They plan to put all of the agency's deputies through Blue Courage training.
For more information on the program, click here.