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Weathersfield eyes 'state-of-the-art' police training center

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WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio -

Weathersfield Trustees are looking to become a hub for police training across the state. 

Trustees are trying to raise $600,000 to build a Multi-Jurisdictional Opioid Training Center in the township that can be used as a resource for law enforcement agencies across the state. 

Trustees say the center would provide a center where agencies could share information and train officers in an interactive learning environment. 

A release from trustees says the training center would help Weathersfield, as well as numerous agencies across the state, go to the next step in combating the opioid epidemic. 

The training center would potentially be located at the township park on South Main Street near Stewart Avenue. That positioning would mean the training center would be located within two miles of Interstate 80, Interstate 76, State Route 11, as well as several non-interstate highways, and major truck stops- all of which have been known to be major thoroughfares of drug and human trafficking. 

According to township officials, the center would allow officers from around the state to participate in interactive training sessions on a variety of topics that would impact law enforcement all over. 

Several law enforcement agencies have already shown interest in the center, including the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of investigations, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio State Fire Marshals Office and more. 

The training center could potentially provide law enforcement classes in topics such as: gathering evidence at overdose scenes, narcotics-related traffic stops and searching motor vehicles, identifying signs  of human trafficking, obtaining search warrants, how to know if a police department needs a K-9 unit, elder abuse, financial crimes against the elderly, school resource officer training, and cyber crimes.

The proposal for the center mentions that area agencies each play vital roles in the quest to combat opioid addiction, however, "there has not been a central location where these agencies can meet and share information". 

The township has already raised $200,000 of the money needed to build the facility, which the township says would be self-sufficient once it was up and running. 
 
In addition, the center could stand as a meeting space to teach the community about opioids. 
 

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