- Police departments across northcentral Wisconsin keep their eyes on the national news. But do the police shootings of people like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, and Tony Robinson in Madison change how departments handle training of new officers?
The Wausau Police Department swore in three new officers on Monday. The department is constantly tweaking its practices for training new officers like these three.
"Some of those things may change as part of the national incidents that have occurred across the country," said Wausau Police Captain Ben Bliven. "If we do what's right, if we do what's sound tactically, if we made decisions based on what's in the best interests of our community, those are the things we're looking for in our police officers."
Peter Fish, Ross Austin, and Shawn Meyer officially joined the force on Monday. The Wausau Police Department has hired ten new officers this year, the most in its history.
"We hire for character and we train for skills," Bliven said. "That's what we really seek in our recruits, is people of high character that we can trust to carry out the responsibilities of a police officer position."
These officers have already been through weeks of training at Northcentral Technical College. They'll now go into the field training part of becoming independent officers.