By means of hosting special training offered in town, more Timmins Police officers are benefitting from an Investigative Interviewing course.
About 25 officers from Sault Ste. Marie police, Military Police, OPP and Timmins Police Service officers are taking an investigative interviewing techniques course at Northern College’s Integrated Emergency Services Complex (IESC).
The week-long program is led by the Ontario Police College, with Timmins Police hosting it at the state-of-the-art IESC thanks to a partnership with the college.
This is an example of fiscal responsibility coupled with and logistical considerations.
This is a prototype type of event where we hope to expand on this moving forward because we have the facilities now right in our backyard, why wouldn’t we take advantage of it?
The training hopes to make officers more versatile and gives them the essential tools needed to deal with witnesses, victims and people accused of a crime.
Case law coverage will probably be the primary priority that officers need to focus on and what that does is provides us with a specific foundation on how officers are going to proceed with any of the information that we do gather from the Ontario Police College and putting it to good use investigatively.
Having officers from different services provides excellent networking as well.
Every year, training takes up a “decent percentage” of the TPS operating budget.
There are about a dozen local officers taking the training this week.
Some of the units represented include criminal investigations, platoon, traffic, and mobile mental health.