The way you train, is the way you will perform...
The Orange County Sheriff's Office Training Section has earned the reputation for providing its sworn and civilian employees with the best possible available. Training, quite simply, is an investment based on the premise that the way one trains is the way he or she will perform. The agency provides all of the training mandated by the State of Florida as well as a myriad of career enhancing elective courses to its employees.
All sworn personnel continue to receive a 24-hour "in-service" block of instruction while an annual eight hour block is provided to civilian employees.
During 2011, students from inside and outside the agency attended training classes at the section's training facility located at the Sheriff's Office Central Complex. In addition, the Firearms Training Range hosted additional student sessions for sworn block classes or used the facility for shooting profiency training/practice. In addition the agency's state-of-the-art Firearms Range hosted thousands of students from outside of the agency. Over 9,000 individuals attended training at one of our four facilities.
Since the lion's share of policing an area the size of Orange County puts agency personnel behind the wheel of agency vehicles the Sheriff's Office takes the training of employees assigned agency vehicles very seriously. One of the finest Law Enforcement Vehicle Operation training facilities in the country is located in the far northern portion of the county. The agency's LEVO instructors train employees which includes Law Enforcement Academy students, from outside the agency. The LEVO instructors offer real-world, behind the wheel training designed to enhance the driving skills and vehicle familiarization to its students.
Clearly, physical fitness is a vital part of a police officer's overall training regime. The Sheriff's Office houses one of the finest wellness facilities available for law enforcement officers at the agency's Central Complex with smaller satellite gyms at many of the agency's other facilities. OCSO classes included cycling, aikido, self defense, personal training, and weight training.
The Training Section is responsible for providing training to all academy recruits, new hires, full-time, part-time and reserve employees of the agency. In addition, they are significantly involved in working with other city, county, state and federal agencies who utilize our firearms and vehicle operations facilities.
During 2011, the Training Section developed a four hour force-on-force training curriculum to address current trends and deficiencies involving agency personnel. Use of force forms and training were updated to improve agency documentation and responses during use of force encounters. Utilizing these changes assisted in obtaining substantial compliance in the ongoing Department of Justice audit.
The agency also achieved 100% compliance on instructor certification during the recent Florida Department of Law Enforcement certification audit. The 25 foot Taser cartridge was implemented to improve effectiveness of the electronic control device during confrontations.