WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – The Waterbury Police Service is changing the way its officers complete recertification training.
Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo has signed an agreement with Post University to offer its 300 police officers access to the university’s online police recertification program.
Amanda Nardozzi, director of the police recertification program at Post University, said the postgraduate recertification program is designed to keep police officers in their community duties while allowing the flexibility to get the training they need. on demand.
Every three years, Waterbury police officers complete the recertification program as required by state law. Agents can now access training from any device anywhere instead of taking an in-person course.
Course offerings include implicit bias, use of force, and de-escalation training.
“The more we train our police officers, the better we serve our community, the better equipped we are for situations that may arise,” Chief Fernando Spagnolo said. “Any opportunity we have to build a relationship or think of alternatives to defuse an issue where potentially an arrest would be affected or to do so in the most compassionate way possible will benefit the police, our department as well as the community. ”
This training change comes as the police department attempts to recruit more officers. The department is currently reduced to 40 agents. Spagnolo hopes to sign 15 recruits for Waterbury Police Academy this fall.
Officers will still be in person for certain training that requires it, such as firearms training and defensive tactics.