Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton attended the 101st session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute Sept. 18 through Saturday in Longmont, Colo. He is the first sheriff of Harvey County to graduate from the program.
The institute was attended by about 30 sheriffs from across the country and is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.
“(It’s) excellent training,” said Walton, who gave a report about the institute at the Board of Harvey County Commissioners meeting Monday morning. “Of all the training I’ve been through in law enforcement, this was one of the best.”
The institute covered topics such as effective leadership, public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations and organization efficiency.
After attending the conference, Walton told commissioners he would like to start working on a security plan for the courthouse. This plan would address how law enforcement would react if an individual with violent intent was to attempt to enter the courthouse.
Walton hopes this plan would help to prevent a tragedy like a recent shooting at a courthouse in Crawford County, Ark., where a gunman injured a judge’s secretary and a police officer.