Last week, the UNK Police chief made the nearly 200-mile drive to Center – a tiny town in northeast Nebraska – to lead a free training session on the topic. More than a dozen law enforcement officers from four different agencies were in attendance.
“For smaller departments like mine, that are that far away from Grand Island, being able to get somebody like Jim to come up here and train us is really fantastic,” said Knox County Sheriff Don Henery, who organized the session conducted in the courthouse basement.
Henery oversees eight sworn officers and a tight budget. By avoiding a six-hour round trip to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, he saves both time and money.
“While those officers are gone, you have to pay somebody to work. You have to pay them on the road. You can see the costs climb,” said Henery, who gave Davis an “A++” on his presentation.
“He did a whale of a job,” the sheriff said. “I really appreciate it.”
In addition to anti-bias training, Harshbarger and Davis also offer classes in numerous other areas, including criminal investigation, search and seizure, mental health, de-escalation and report writing. Training sessions are tailored to meet agencies’ wants and needs. As the program evolves, they hope to bring in outside experts who can lead sessions on specific topics.