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Multi-Jurisdictional law enforcement training celebrates 25 years


ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Local, state and national law enforcement agencies are getting valuable training in Green Bay this week.

It's organized by Fox Valley Technical College's National Criminal Justice Training Center and the gathering is the 25th year.

"This started 25 years ago as a small collaboration of law enforcement executives trying to figure out how to serve our community better," says Richard VanBoxtel, Oneida Chief of Police. "Over the years, we've grown to attendances around 300 to 350 at times."

This national training conference, held this year at the Radisson Hotel in Ashwaubenon, addresses the most crucial security and safety concerns faced by criminal justice and community professionals. Among the information over the three days, Wednesday through Friday, include victimization, community violence, school safety and tribal probation.

VanBoxtel says during these program sessions, it's more than just show and tell.

"That doesn't really work, I want you to tell me how I can do this at home based on my resources and do something that's going to make a significant impact on the street in the community," VanBoxtel says.

Law enforcement representatives from as many as 27 states attended the conference. That included Sgt. Derek Prestridge from the Texas Department of Public Safety, who spoke about protecting children.

"I think the most important thing, and the example is this conference right here, it's approaching this issue through a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional approach," says Sgt. Prestridge. "How to hopefully recognize that a child may be at risk of being victimized, or a child that's currently been victimized, as well as indicators that a person may be a high risk threat to children."

You can click here to learn more about Fox Valley Technical College's criminal justice services.