MIDDLEPORT, Ohio – Various law enforcement agencies came together for a training Sept. 26, 2017 in Middleport, Ohio.

According to Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood, 40 police officers representing 9 different Law Enforcement Agencies met at the Middleport Police Department to complete 8 hours of Continuing Professional Training.

In addition to the Middleport Police Department, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio BCI, the Gallia County Sheriff’s office, Police Departments from Racine, Syracuse, Pomeroy, Rutland, and Coolville participated in the training. Submitted photo.

Ohio law requires that each year all Opota certified law enforcement officers complete required continuing professional training to be able stay certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. The required training hours and subjects are determined by the Attorney General’s office and the Ohio Peace Officer Training academy. In 2017 there are 20 hours of required CPT and the number rises to 40 required hours in 2018. Another training session will be held at the Middleport Police Department on Oct. 12, 2017. The training sessions are open to any Opota certified Peace Officer.

Chief Swift and Sheriff Wood believe that by working together and offering these training sessions, many area law enforcement agencies and officers will be able to receive the required training and be better prepared to serve their communities.

In addition to the Middleport Police Department, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio BCI, the Gallia County Sheriff’s office, Police Departments from Racine, Syracuse, Pomeroy, Rutland, and Coolville participated in the training.