Summersville and Richwood police officers participate in de-escalation training

SUMMERSVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Summersville Police and Richwood Police teamed up on Monday for de-escalation training at Nicholas County High School.  

Officers learned various techniques in an all-day training event to detain subjects who resist without using weapons or deadly force.

Lt. Alec Anderson, who led the training, says he wanted to do this in response to recent event events across the country.  

“I see weekly officer-involved shootings, and we’re working on de-escalation training, scenario-based training that we can have de-escalate situations before we have to use any type of deadly force,” he said. 

Anderson says they do this type of training monthly. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.