LPD officers lead classes in officer safety in Republic of Georgia

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

LaGrange Police Lt. Eric Lohr and Senior Officer Jim Davison recently led a class in Officer Safety for Single Officer Patrol Units for the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Lohr and Davison both traveled to the Republic of Georgia recently to lead the class of about twenty law enforcement officers. They covered a variety of topics to include procedural justice, police legitimacy, de-escalation techniques, dynamics of officer/citizen encounters, unknown risk and high risk traffic stops to include scenario based training applications.

The goal of the class was to help law enforcement in the Republic of Georgia prepare their transition from two-man police units to one-man police units.

“I felt like the training went very well. The officers were receptive and engaged,” Lohr said. 

“It was certainly an honor to be asked by the INL to lead this class. I look forward to being a part of any future efforts to move the Georgian Police Force in a positive direction.”

LPD continues to receive positive reviews for their efforts on community police relationships.

An official delegation from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia visited LaGrange earlier in the year to learn more about LPD’s community policing practices.

“The Republic of Georgia is a beautiful country where we felt very welcome and are pleased to assist them training their patrol police,” Davison said.

“It was very educational for me also to see how other police in the world operate and left me with an appreciation for how we do things in LaGrange.”          

LaGrange Police representatives are expected to go back to Georgia in 2019 for further collaboration.