Law Enforcement Training Up Following 9-11

by WHIZ Reporter on September 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

Since September 11th, law enforcement officials have been learning about the ways suspected terrorists and criminals hide bombs and weapons.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said officers have learned new methods of search and are always on the lookout for suspicious activity. Although Lutz said every situation is different, officers have to be prepared for anything.

"I think those things change with different officers and they change with different events and venues," said Lutz,  "Obviously, cops are pretty suspicious people. We have to be in our nature of the game so we always kind of suspect the worst out of somebody and then get pleasantly surprised if that doesn’t happen."

Lutz said advanced training efforts began with the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security which provided funding for local officers to receive more training.

On the eleventh anniversary, Lutz said that the tragedy continues to bring police and the community together.

"You feel for those people that lost loved ones," Lutz said. "I think it’s made our country stronger and again, every time this anniversary rolls around, it’s so heartfelt for those people that lost somebody."

Lutz said he felt that improvements between federal and local law enforcement have helped ease public concerns over safety.