PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness has earned the distinction of being named the new statewide SWAT School for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA).
The College will serve as the new home for basic and advanced SWAT training, sniper training and various other tactical operations involving law enforcement tactical operators, tactical teams and first responders throughout Ohio as part of the new partnership with OTOA.
“Owens Community College is proud to partner with the Ohio Tactical Officers Association and provide new innovative educational training opportunities for public safety personnel throughout Ohio,” said Michael Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness. “We look forward to assisting the Ohio Tactical Officers Association advance their mission of providing educational resources, tactical information and tactical training to enhance overall situational awareness and preparedness.”
Beginning Monday, June 11, Owens, in collaboration with OTOA, will provide the first basic SWAT School training session to 20 students. The 40-hour training course offers insight into such areas as SWAT organization and equipment, covert movement in a chemical agent environment, and individual and team movement techniques, as well as chemical agents and less-lethal familiarization, and high risk warrant service. Owens’ course also provides hands-on learning through field training exercises. The curriculum is based on the National Standard set forth through the National Tactical Officers Association and is taught by OTOA and area SWAT instructors. The first basic SWAT School class will conclude educational training on Friday, June 15.
City and township police departments participating in the first training school are Perrysburg Township Police Department, Perrysburg City Police Department, Lake Township Police Department, Northwood Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Walbridge Police Department, Pemberville Police Department, Waterville Police Department and Owens, among several other agencies. CSX Corp. is also attending the College’s first basic SWAT School.
In addition to serving as the new SWAT School training site for OTOA, Owens’ Center for Emergency Preparedness will host the state organization’s annual training conference May 20-24, 2013. Over 900 law enforcement officers and tactical operators from across Ohio are expected to attend the five-day event.
The Ohio Tactical Officers Association is a professional non-profit police association dedicated to providing networking opportunities and communication links to law enforcement tactical operators, tactical teams and first responders in order to provide educational resources, tactical information and tactical training to enhance overall situational awareness and preparedness on all levels.
Owens has been at the forefront in providing educational training to public safety forces for over three decades. In 2009, the College invested in the future of emergency preparedness training within the region by officially opening the doors to a new $3.2 million Training and Operations Center at the Center for Emergency Preparedness. The facility provides first responders with expanded opportunities for real-world, scenario training highlighted by the only indoor emergency services virtual training system in the country.
In 2007, Owens marked a milestone in the academic institution’s history by opening a $20.5 million Center for Emergency Preparedness. The Center for Emergency Preparedness fulfills a need for a rather expansive complex within the region that can provide “real-world” training in a safe and controlled environment. Training scenarios that can be conducted within the new facility include those related to natural and manmade disasters involving hazardous materials, confined spaces, riots, entrapments and weapons of mass destruction, among others. Since opening the facility, police, fire and emergency services personnel, as well as the military, from Ohio and beyond, including the FBI, Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, have utilized the facility for either specialized or concurrent emergency preparedness training.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.