Butler Township plans to contract with a company that will help keep their police officers up to date on current laws and better prepared for any situation they may encounter.
As part of the 2018 budget, Butler Township Commissioners are considering an agreement with Lexipol to provide any needed customized revisions for the law enforcement policy manual as well as daily training bulletins for the department’s 21 officers.
For a cost of just over $15,000 the first year and just over $8,000 each year after, experts on public safety law will provide feedback on the existing police policy manual and work with local administrators on needed changes. This service also provides daily scenario-based training bulletins that can be accessed on any mobile device with an app. Sixty hours of technical support will also be included as part of this agreement. This program will allow for standard operating procedures to be modified if necessary and best practices to be shared and adopted. Record keeping is also likely to be greatly improved.
Township Police Chief John Hays estimates it will take about six to nine months to get the program fully up and running but it could end up saving the township money in the long run on liability insurance. Several regional police departments make use of this service including Lower Burrell.