Thomasville Police Participate in Homeland Security Training

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After disasters like 9/11, President George W. Bush wanted to enhance the coordination and relationships of law enforcement agencies.

Now local police officers are training to fine tune their skills when dealing with a disaster.

As part of a homeland security program, all law enforcement and first responders are required to participate in the National Incident Management System Training.

SGT Rachelle Denmark of the Thomasville Police Department says, "We're learning the important positions that all law enforcement, first responders, federal agencies, state agencies, anybody involved in the incident would take and the positions that are available and need to be undertaken to make the incident a more safe situation."

Police say this training is important because it teaches the same lesson across the board.

DET James Coker of the Thomasville Police Department says, "It puts law enforcement, fire, EMS, search and rescue and units of that nature on all the same page. There's one standard operating procedure that we would all go by."

SGT Denmark adds, "If all agencies can cooperate and operate off the same page then we can address the situation at hand, handle it safely and efficiently."

Officers must complete the training by the end of October. They receive a graduation certificate, one that represents team work and cooperation in any crisis situation.

In November, police officers will move into the second phase of federally mandated training.