CHESHIRE — The Police Department will soon be utilizing a state-of-the-art facility in Milford to better train officers for live-fire situations.
At a Town Council meeting last month, Police Chief Neil Dryfe requested authorization to use the training facility, explaining it will help local officers better prepare for dangerous situations.
“(The Town of) Milford got a grant from the government to create this regional training facility … they have a hold harmless and indemnification agreement that they require other communities to enter into,” Dryfe said.
A hold harmless agreement is a statement in a legal contract that absolves one party, or in this case both parties, from legal liability for any injuries or damage at the Milford facility.
Dryfe said the opportunity for the Cheshire-Wallingford Emergency Response Team to use the training facility happened quickly when a slot opened up.
Councilor Peter Talbot raised the question of accessibility, specifically whether the facility would be open to those who are not a part of the Cheshire/Wallingford team.
“Is (the facility) available for individual officers that you wanted to send for some specific training?” he asked.
“Yes, once we enter into the agreement, we’ll have the ability to go down there on a more regular basis,” Dryfe answered.
Councilor Tim Slocum asked Dryfe about how the Cheshire-Wallingford Emergency Response Team currently works.
“What are your operations within the SWAT group? How do they practice now?” he asked.
“They do a lot of what we call ‘simunitions’ training, which isn’t live fire,” Dryfe said. “But (the new facility) allows them to experience a much different environment. When there are real bullets going off, it’s a much different feeling.”