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City of Statesboro Awarded Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Grant

The City of Statesboro has been awarded a grant by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The $160,000 grant award is for June 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

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From Statesboro Police Dept:

The Statesboro Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Georgia Southern University Tactical Athlete Research Network, jointly filed an application for the State of Georgia FY2021 Law Enforcement Training Program for the Statesboro Bulloch Law Enforcement Training Center (SBLETC).

The SBLETC is a jointly operated law enforcement training center located in Bulloch County. The SBLETC currently serves over 272 law enforcement officers in Bulloch County. The purpose of the joint application for this grant was to request funding for the Statesboro / Bulloch Use of Force and De-escalation Training Lab. The training lab will facilitate scenario-based, hands-on training for law enforcement officers covering the topics of Use of Force and De-escalation.

Project Goals:
Goal 1: Increase the amount, availability, and quality of Use of Force and De-Escalation Training at the SBLETC that is available to SPD Officers, BCSO Deputies, and our regional partners.

Goal 2: Develop a preliminary SBLETC scenario-based training curriculum. The curriculum will incorporate Reality-Based Training, fully utilize the physical space and resources of the SBLETC, and be responsive to the diverse learning needs of the vast array of officers/deputies served.

Goal 3: Meet and exceed the training mandated by former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and carried on by the current Governor Brian Kemp.

Goal 4: Foster and bolster community relationships.

Goal 5: Work alongside our research partners at Georgia Southern University to study how Use of Force and De-escalation Training is being conducted and make recommendations to strengthen and improve Use of Force and De-escalation Training. This will align with the Tactical Athlete Research focus on overall officer wellness.

This grant will enable training to best prepare officers and deputies when called to exercise critical decision-making for de-escalation and use of force situations. We are thankful that the City of Statesboro has been awarded this grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

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