HOONAH - The Hoonah Police Department hosted a three-hour training session last Tuesday to better enable police, medical providers, emergency personnel and counselors to deal with domestic violence from a common approach.
Seventeen representatives from agencies including Hoonah Police Department, Hoonah 911 Dispatch, Hoonah Fire Department, Hoonah EMS, Hoonah SouthEast Regional Health Consortium clinic and the Hoonah School District attended the course, which was held at the Hoonah Fire Station.
Ati Nasiah and Andrea Browning, domestic violence advocates from Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter, assisted HPD Chief John Millan in conducting the training.
Millan, an Alaska Police Standards Council instructor, was very pleased with the large number of participants in a rural community like Hoonah. He said the training was made into a joint presentation for all emergency personnel and care practitioners in Hoonah to build bridges and better serve the public.
The course covered the duties of police, legal issues, resources to victims, investigative techniques and an overview of domestic violence-related concers.
Millan said officials plan to have other regular joint meetings and training sessions in order to better address needs of the community in the future.