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MDOC Co-Hosts National Symposium
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office (GTSO), and the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan co-hosted the State & Local Law Enforcement Training Symposium (SLLETS) in Traverse City, MI, August 9-11.
The three-day symposium included a wide array of training programs including: Terrorism - from Global to Main Street; Pain Behind the Badge; Human Trafficking; Use of Force, Myths and Realities; Asset Protection; Extreme Close Quarters Fighting Skills; Adaptive Leadership Behavior; and Ultimate Survival Instincts.
Over 400 law enforcement and corrections personnel from 40 states attended the federally grant-funded training. Staff from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glencoe, GA organized and supported the event itself, including site selection, training topics, presenters, and on-site logistics. MDOC Director Daniel Heyns provided the welcome and introductory remarks on behalf of the Department, stating that he felt the symposium was valuable for all in attendance. He also stressed the need for greater cooperation and teamwork between law enforcement and corrections agencies to maximize the resources at hand.
The symposium was a great opportunity for state and local criminal justice agencies to learn and network while enjoying the greater Traverse City area and supporting Michigan's tourism economy.
Additionally, the Department and GTSO hosted the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). This program was open to MDOC and GTSO employees only and included staff from the Department's Emergency Response Team, Absconder Recovery Unit, Training Division, and Emergency Management Division.
The ALERRT training was a two-day program that ran concurrent to SLLETS so participants could attend both programs as much as possible, while enjoying networking opportunities with fellow criminal justice professionals. The program familiarized emergency responders with concepts and principles for responding to a situation involving an active shooter. Participants learned how to discriminate between a hostage situation and an active shooter situation. They also learned some concepts for first responders to coordinate, move, search out, and engage an active shooter. Participants worked through many different scenarios and were critiqued about their performance in resolving the situation.