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30 local officers complete interactive, scenario-based training

In front of mobile training center are, from left, Select Board member Eric Helmuth, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Police Chief Juliann FlahertyIn front of mobile training center in 2021 are, from left, Select Board member Eric Helmuth, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Police Chief Juliann Flaherty.

Thirty local officers recently completed scenario-based training facilitated by the sheriff’s office.

Arlington Police Chief Juliann Flaherty and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian have announced that, using the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Mobile Training Center (MTC), Arlington officers were put through a series of video-based scenarios focused on the effective use of deescalation skills. 

The training, held in Arlington between May 2 to 6, included a heavy emphasis on communication skills and officer safety. Following each scenario, trainers and officers from the Arlington Police Department discussed assessed each response.

Arlington PD last used the MTC to complete training in May 2021.

“I would like to thank the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for their partnership and offering this important resource to APD,” Flaherty said in a May 27 news release. “The MTC is an invaluable tool that helps us train and prepare for real life scenarios and practice de-escalation skills to ensure that our officers have the skills, tools and techniques to safely resolve challenging situations.”

“This scenario-based training supplements the extensive training officers in Arlington and across Middlesex County receive on a yearly basis. It requires participants to use the full range of their skills to resolve situations with the least amount of force required and provides instructors the opportunity to offer immediate and comprehensive feedback that officers can take straight back into the field,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “We’re proud to work with Chief Flaherty and our Arlington Police Department partners to once again be able to offer this training.”

In 2021, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office worked with 32 agencies to facilitate the training including the Bedford, Billerica and Concord police departments. 


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