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Notre Dame College Helps Establish Best Practices for Preparation, Supervision of Police Officers

The Notre Dame College and South Euclid police departments have teamed up with the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) to provide nearly 150 police chiefs from across the state with continuing education in crisis response and litigation.

The one-day “Chief Concerns” seminar of the OTOA on September 18 in the College’s Regina Auditorium is designed for law enforcement executives and focuses on police litigation defense. It is part of the agency’s Administrative Liability and Risk Management, or A.L.A.R.M., Series.

“At Notre Dame College, we are proud to host this sharing of best practices among law enforcement executives from the region─not only because our department is committed to excellence but because as an educational institution, we also are committed to empowering and preparing other law enforcement agencies to successfully serve their communities,” said Notre Dame Police Chief Jeffrey Scott.

The OTOA seminar covers resistance control and force modeling as well as early warning systems, pre-incident contingency planning and interacting with persons affected by mental illness and other disabilities. Instruction highlights supervision and training techniques.

“Having area police chiefs and their agencies learn together is of tremendous benefit when it comes time to act, too,” Scott said. “Experts indicate and studies show agencies that coordinate training and preparation are seamless and more effective when a coordinated response is called for.”

The class will be conducted by Stephen Ijames, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and recently retired assistant chief of the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, who founded the Springfield police Crisis Action Team.

Scott, a 17-year Ohio law enforcement veteran with over 25 years of service in public safety, was named the new chief of police at Notre Dame this summer.