Law enforcement officers visit Greeneville for special training

GREENEVILLE (WJHL) – More than 70 law enforcement officers will be in Greeneville Tuesday for a Crime Prevention training session.

This year the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) are hosting a training session at the Capitol Theatre from Dec. 1-3.

“We’ve got officers and security professionals as well as members from the school system coming from at least 7 different states and the District of Columbia,” said Greene County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Fincher.

Recently Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins launched a community policing initiative, and the training is a part of that program.

“Sheriff sent me up to a school outside of Boston and that was my first experience with crime prevention and the NCPC,” said Fincher.

Fincher told News Channel 11, officers will learn about the history of crime prevention, how to keep homes and business safer and officers will also participate in active shooter training.

Fincher said the training is free for participants.

“There was federal grant that actually pays for every student that’s coming to this school, pays their $400 tuition so departments can do this without any expense as far as tuition goes,” said Fincher.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department will host another, more advanced training session in Greeneville in March.

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