YOUTHS KILLED BY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN WISCONSIN SHOOTING SPREE
8 October 2007
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - A sheriff’s deputy went
on a shooting rampage Sunday, killing his ex-girlfriend and five other youths at a house party in a small town in Wisconsin, authorities said.
deputy and all those shot were all part of a close-knit group of friends, sources said.
those killed were seniors at Crandon High
School, which had just celebrated a homecoming victory Friday night. Another girl was just 14
years old, sources said.
have confirmed that a 19-year-old was also shot and in critical condition.
identified the gunman as Forest County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tyler Peterson.
began just before three o’clock in the morning and within hours the deputy was also dead after an intensive manhunt.
was brought down by a sniper,” said Crandon Mayor Gary Bradley.
or so people who live in the town near the Canadian border spent much of Sunday in “lockdown,” with residents
forbidden from venturing out on the streets.
The shootings in Wisconsin
may have people wondering how local law enforcement officers are chosen and what kind of screening process do we have in our
At the Ironton Police Department, Police Chief Jim Carey said that applicants must pass several screenings.
“A lot of ours is dictated by civil service tests,”
Carey said. “Whenever we have an opening, Civil Service does an advertisement.”
After a written test and
a physical fitness test, Civil Service gives the list of qualified candidates to the police department.
“Once that process is done, we look at the candidate’s
background check,” Carey said. “We check former schools, employers, and we check with neighbors.”
hiring, candidates must have a complete physical and they have to pass a drug test.
Each candidate must become certified by the state of
Ohio. In order to do that, there are 80 sites throughout
Ohio that provide training in certain categories, including private security, local corrections, jail personnel, bailiffs
and public defender investigators.
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission approves and monitors each school that
offers the training.
Some of the topics covered in depth are administration,
legal, human relations, firearms, driving, patrol, civil disorders, traffic, investigation and physical conditions.
the peace officer category, a person can attend on their own time at their own expense or who have been appointed to a peace
officer position. The student must attend a minimum of 550 hours and possible additional hours required by the school.
the basic training, students must pass a state certification examination.
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in
London trains approximately 10,000 officers each year. The
academy was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies on July 31, 2004. OPOTA was one of
the first four agencies in the world to earn the CALEA Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Award.
lot of vocational schools offer the training,” Carey said. “They are still supervised and accredited through the
Ohio Peace Officers Academy. In order to be a police officer in the state of Ohio,
they have to have the certification.”