The Sheriff's Office Training Unit is responsible for the development, planning, scheduling, and maintenance of all in-service and off-site law enforcement related instruction.
Designated to cover the educational needs of the Sheriff's Office, the Training Unit is responsible for the training of corrections officers, certified officers, and non-certified/civilian personnel. A strong "in-house" instructional staff, combined with specialized on-site/off-site vendor training, and an online learning system, provides members of the Sheriff's Office with the best information available in the various topics facing staff.
The Training Unit maintains records and/or oversees the following departmental functions.
The State-Certified Corrections Academy (In-house training for newly hired officers)
The Field Training Officers program (Both Corrections and Patrol)
The Firearms Range (handgun, shotgun, rifle, "TASER", baton & pepper spray, Firearms Training System ["FATS"] instruction)
The Police Academy (State of Michigan - Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards -M.C.O.L.E.S. licensing process)
All In-Service Training Courses (mandated & non-mandated)
All Off-Site Training Courses
State & local training fund expenditures
Student Intern & ride-along programs
Database management of all Sheriff's employees and related statistics
Training resource management (equipment, classroom use, video library)
Concealed weapons permits and their approval
Emergency deployment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and training for this process
In 2013, a total of 16,460 persons attended training facilitated by the bureau, including 8,160 personnel trained by the Gun Range. 77,429 trainee man-hours were required to achieve that training, requiring a total of 18,287 instruction hours. Both on-site staff and outside vendors were utilized. A total of five officers attended Basic Police Training at Oakland Police Academy, sponsored by the Sheriff's Office and supervised by the Training Unit during the spring and fall sessions. There were two Corrections Academies held in 2013 to train the 39 new Corrections Deputies. The goal of the Training Unit is to continue offering departmental personnel the highest level of instructional opportunities.