Homewood Magazine

2015

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A h o m e w o o d c h a m b e r. o r g 31 HPD Trains for Greatness POLICE HPD works every day to live up to their Mission Statement: The men and women of the Homewood Police Department are dedicated to building a partnership with our community. We strive to defend life and property, safeguard the rights of all and enforce the laws of the land to insure quality of life. We shall not allow complacency to replace our commitment to excellence in service. The department includes fi ve divisions: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Administrative, Special Sgt. Eric Hampton, who has served for 11 years in Homewood, assists him. "What I like most about this job is that I have the chance to identify areas where we need training and do something about it," Atkinson says. At the Department's Training Center in West Homewood, Atkinson hosts 6-10 training classes per year. Regularly, offi cers receive advance training in defensive tactics, fi rearms and tasers, and driving skills. More specialized classes include instruction for Public Information Offi cers, FBI Leader- ship training, and active shooter drills. Last year, Homewood conducted a live active shooter drill After its start as a fi ve-offi cer department in the 1920s, today the Homewood Police Department (HPD), led by Chief Jim Roberson, boasts more than 70 sworn offi cers and 30 support personnel who provide around- the-clock protection and specialized services to the citizens of Homewood. Operations, and Traffi c. In 2014, offi cers responded to almost 40,000 calls, and violent crimes were down across the board in the city. One area in which HPD excels is providing training to its offi cers. The state of Alabama mandates that all police offi cers receive 12 hours of continuing education every year. In Homewood, that number more that triples, with most offi cers averaging 40 hours of additional training each year. Because of this, Homewood's offi cers are prepared for almost any scenario they might encounter on the job. Lt. Ken Atkinson, a 23-year HPD veteran, is in charge of training for the department, and

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