Community Shield training upcoming

February 1, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

If you have ever thought that there is no way you can assist law enforcement get impaired drivers and criminals off the road, think again. Now, the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is scheduling a Community Shield training program for anyone interested in assisting law enforcement.

Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taulbee said the program is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Portsmouth Post, located at 7611 U.S. 23, in Lucasville.

Community Shield training, which will be delivered by a Patrol Trooper in a one-hour training block, consists of instruction in impaired driver detection, criminal patrol, homeland security and human trafficking. The training is geared toward community members to assist local law enforcement and troopers while they are on the road as extra sets of eyes and ears.

“Anyone can come. It’s to teach them what to look for when they are out on the roads, to call in. It’s about some of the things that we look for,” Taulbee said. “It’s our way of getting those extra eyes and ears on the roadway.”

To attend a training session, people can call the Portsmouth Post at 740-354-2888. Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Feb. 13, 2013.

“All they have to do is call the post. There’s a sign-up sheet up front for their names and phone numbers, just in case something comes up and we have to get a hold of everybody,” Taulbee said. “If it fills up, we’ll do another day. It just depends on how many people participate in it.”

The training is free to the public, and attendees will be provided a complimentary license plate bracket at the conclusion of the training.

“We’ll have key chains for them, and everyone who comes will be given a certificate,” Taulbee said.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.