The Laurel Police Department, in an effort to better serve the community and to improve upon already good community relations, recently pursued a grant from the City’s insurance carrier, Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The funding will support additional training.
At a recent Laurel Mayor and City Council Meeting, Police Chief Rich McLaughlin announced the receipt of a grant related to Conflict Resolution training which will be provided to all sworn police officers. The purpose of this training, for each and every officer, will be to enhance communication skills and to improve the ability of all officers to better relate to the members of Laurel’s diverse communities. This special training is also expected to assist local police in order to de-escalate tense situations and potentially reduce the number of discourtesy complaints received by the Department. At the same time, these efforts will embrace and promote the Laurel Police Department‘s Community Policing philosophy.
Laurel Mayor Craig A Moe notes, “I appreciate the efforts of the men and women of the Laurel Police Department and the work they perform. By way of the grant, this training typifies their commitment to duty and illustrates their collective dedication to the community making Laurel a better place to live, work and enjoy.”
The seventy-nine hundred dollar ($7900.00) grant was awarded at the Mayor and City Council meeting on May 29, 2013. Chief McLaughlin is very excited about this upcoming training and says, “I see this as another opportunity to enhance the public image of the Laurel Police Department as a whole and provide another perspective for officers to real-life situations they encountered every day.” The Department intends to also include members of the civilian staff in this training.
The Laurel Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency providing a variety of services to the citizens and visitors of Laurel twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Department serves the City of Laurel’s approximately 5 square miles with an authorized complement of sixty-eight (68) sworn and twenty (20) civilian personnel and an annual budget of almost $8 million dollars. The Laurel City Police handle about 50,000 calls for service a year.