Tomorrow, the Valparaiso Police Department will be holding the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Physical Security Assessment Training, a 3-day program that provides an overview of how to conduct physical security assessments of schools, houses of worship, and other critical infrastructure.
This program trains law enforcement to better understand the threats that locations like schools and churches face, how to detect, delay, and respond to these threats, and how to evaluate existing physical security to provide a report to school administrators or other venue decision-makers about security deficiencies that can be improved.
This training will be attended by officers from the Valparaiso PD, as well as officers from Munster Police, La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Lake Police, Griffith Police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, St. John Police, Hammond Police, Chesterton Police, Portage Police, and Porter County Sheriff’s Office.
Senator Mike Braun is proud to have played a part in bringing this training to the Region, and released the following statement:
“Our law enforcement work tirelessly to protect our communities, and they constantly have to adapt as the threats to public safety change. I was proud to help bring this school safety program by FLETC to the Region to help local police address threats to schools and churches and identify security deficiencies. I’d like to thank the Valparaiso PD for hosting this important training program that will help make our schools and churches safer.” – Senator Mike Braun
“This training is extremely important to our community as it brings many police departments together to get a standardized method of training in the physical Security Assessment field. This training will allow agencies to collaborate as they provide these assessments in schools, churches, and various other types of businesses. With critical incidents on the rise, the importance of this training is vital to all communities.” – Valparaiso Police Department Chief of Police Jeff Balon
BACKGROUND on FLETC:
- A component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FLETC provides career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently. FLETC also makes training available on a host of topics to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement nationwide. Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard America’s people, property, and institutions.