Sheriff’s Office Receives State Approval for Joint Training
Shortly after being sworn in as Sheriff in January 2013, Sheriff Auxier met with Boerne Police Chief James Kohler and Fair Oaks Ranch Chief Scott Rubin to discuss plans for joint training with area public safety agencies. Sheriff Auxier agreed to make application with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for the Sheriff’s office to become a Contract Training Provider, allowing the Sheriff to conduct and report training to the state agency without paying the regional academy for that training. The goals would be to increase the quality and amount of training, along with cost savings to each agency.
The first step in the application process was establishment of a local board to oversee the training and provide feedback from the community. Craig Radtke, Human Resource Director for Boerne Independent School District and Roy Smith, businessman and former owner of Smith Chevrolet were appointed as the citizen representatives. Sheriff Auxier and Chief Kohler and Rubin, along with Chief Deputy Gary Miller are the law enforcement representatives.
On December 5, the application was approved by the Commission board after a presentation by Sgt. Butch Matjeka and Sheriff Auxier. “Currently, the majority of training received by area officers is held in San Antonio, requiring officers to drive to the training, pay tuition, and be away from work for a longer period of time. We also have no control over the scheduling of the training, the instructors or the topic matter” said the Sheriff. “Being able to report our training through our Contract Training Provider agreement, we can schedule the training to meet the needs of our local departments, use local officers as instructors and not charge for the instruction when our agencies are attending. We save tax dollars and improve the training each officer receives.”
Boerne Police have agreed to the use of their classroom, which can hold up to 40 officers, for the training, and Chief Rubin and Kohler have pledged the assistance of their officers to help with the instruction. “Each department has officers certified to instruct courses covering a wide range of topics, from firearms to use of force issues to supervision and leadership” said Chief Kohler, “and we can tailor the training to meet our needs. We were more than happy to cooperate in this effort.”
“Although we may work for different departments, we are one large community” said Chief Rubin. “We provide back up, we assist on calls and deal with many of the same problems. Increasing our joint training just makes sense. Plus we work similar twelve hour shifts, and we can design the training around those hours, helping with scheduling issues.”
Training will begin in January.