HOLDEN, Mass. — Holden's state-of-the-art public safety complex continues to allow its officers more opportunities to receive advanced training, with the department recently forming a partnership with Roger Williams University.
The university will conduct advanced police training sessions at the Holden public safety facility for area departments, Holden Police Chief Chief George Sherrill said.
The university's justice program hosts a number of classes on its campus in Bristol, R.I., and was willing to explore taking some of them on the road, Sherrill said.
In the past, the department has sent police officers to Rhode Island for classes, but the commute is about an hour-and-a-half to two hours, he said.
"I've been talking with them for several months about trying to bring them to Central Mass, now that we have a good training room," Sherrill said. The university is exploring the option of having Holden serve as a satellite training site.
"It was my goal to keep the room full with all sorts of training," he said. The training sessions will be available to Holden police officers, as well as any department in New England.
"The big benefit to us is that if we send four or five officers to a training, it certainly cuts down on the travel time and expense," added Sherrill.
Acting Town Manager Jacquie Kelly applauded the chief for seeking out the partnerships.
"I think that provide good value and good training for our people," she said.
The first class is scheduled for Jan. 17.