The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Administration of Justice department, teaming up with Dallas Township Police and the Luzerne County Police Association, hosted a training session on campus on November 8th discussing the topic of officer safety and survival. Tim Reid, a former FBI agent affiliated with the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division training program, was the featured instructor.
Reid began his career in the Little Falls, NJ Police Department. Working his way up, he joined the New Jersey State Police and then in 1985 he entered the FBI where he investigated bank robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and fugitives. Tim continued in the FBI moving in different directions until 2011 when he retired. He is still affiliated with the FBI as a research consultant and presents the Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted program to officers around the country.
Seventy-six Northeast Pennsylvania law enforcement agents attended this Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted program. The law enforcement agents came from six different counties, one as far away as Harrisburg, to be more informed and to earn Penn State Continuing Education credits.
The four-hour presentation was geared to the safety and survival of agents in dangerous circumstances. The program provided cognitive training to analyze a situation and be able to react in the safest manner possible.
Not only were current officers able to go through this training, but also Penn State Wilkes-Barre Administration of Justice seniors, in order to see firsthand the experiences law enforcement agents go through on a regular basis.
Administration of Justice Instructor Marshall Davis gave his thoughts on the importance of this training session: "This presentation could not have come at a better time. Just this morning officers in Wyoming County were forced to shoot a man in order to protect themselves. Our officers need to know what to do and not to do during situations like this. We are happy that we could host this event for our surrounding counties."