The Ohio State Patrol is training the community to act as an extra set of eyes and ears.
Community Shield training took place today at the Muskingum County Welcome Center in an effort to educate the public on things to look for with different types of criminal behavior and how to make the correct contact with law enforcement.
"If they see something and they get that feeling that something’s up here and they feel like they need to, we’re trying to educate them on the things they should look for, and just to go ahead and make the phone call," said Ohio State Trooper Michael Forshey.
Topics discussed consisted of impaired driver detection, criminal patrol, homeland security and human trafficking. Trooper Forshey says a thousand children are trafficked through Ohio every year. He wants the community to remember it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dialing 9-1-1.
"Safe being the main thing. We really don’t want people taking any type of action on their own. We just want them to let us know if they see something that they feel we should know about," said Trooper Forshey.
Trooper Forshey hopes to continue this event three or four times a year, he encourages the public to keep a year round awareness in their community.