One of the most important functions of any law enforcement agency is training. All officers in the State of Mississippi are required to maintain a certain level of training each year. The Richland Police Department both meets and far exceeds the state’s minimum requirements where training is concerned. RPD has employed a fulltime training officer since 2003; Sergeant Sean Goforth has been responsible for the growth and health of our training program since its inception. Properly trained officers provide a safer community for themselves and our citizens. Some of the training officers receive each year is listed below.
All sworn officers participate in an annual in-service training program, which is held at the Richland Police Department. The training includes annual firearms qualification and all mandated and elective hours to meet the Mississippi Board of Standards and Training sixteen (16) hours of continuing education requirements for police officer re-certification.
Officers receive specialized training to develop particular skills, knowledge, and ability according to their specific assignment. Such training may be supervised on-the-job training, or training provided through an external program.
The department maintains an outdoor firing range. The range is paved and lighted and consists of 10 shooter targets as well as a training house with full facilities. The range can be used for formal firearms training, for practice shooting, other types of training, and misc. meetings. Authorization for range usage must be obtained from the training supervisor. The Police range is not open to the general public.
All department instructors who teach mandated courses have received instructor status from the Mississippi Board of Standards and Training. The department currently has certified instructors in defensive tactics, oc spray, firearms, shooting decisions, impaired driving, and pursuit driving.