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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Sheriff Knezovich Honored by Invitation to Attend IADLEST National Conference

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Sheriff Knezovich Honored by Invitation to Attend IADLEST National Conference

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has been invited to attend the 2017 International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) conference held in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of the month.   

The training of law enforcement has always been a focus of Sheriff Knezovich, from the first day at the academy to this very day.  But he is very quick to point out training should not be merely attending a class or going to a seminar; training for law enforcement needs to be ongoing, effective, reality based, and standardized.

Sheriff Knezovich said, “As a profession, law enforcement cannot allow haphazard training.  It must be standardized and held to a very high level.  Our deputies need it for their safety, our community deserves it and failure to do so is a huge problem with far-reaching liability implications.”   

This is one of the reasons why Sheriff Knezovich is so honored by the IADLEST invitation. He shares the very mission of International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training - which is to research, develop, and share information, ideas, and innovations which assist states in developing and establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers.

In fact, in June of 2015, IADLEST launched a revolutionary program designed to eliminate many of the problems associated with a lack of standardization within police training.  The IADLEST National Certification Program™ (NCP) http://iadlest-ncp.org/ sets minimum standards for both law enforcement organizations and training vendors, providing police continuing education while ensuring training content meets those standards of excellence.  The standards are designed to meet or exceed any individual State Certification requirements, ensuring IADLEST certified training will be accepted by all participating Peace Officer Standards & Certification organizations in the nation for training credit.

“At a minimum, standardized training at a state level is needed but the IADLEST National Certification Program sets the bar even higher.  Quality standardized training should be a priority for every agency, every state and ultimately, our Country.  IADLEST is leading the way and I am thankful for the opportunity to join the discussion.” stated Sheriff Knezovich.

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