Police from around the world train in Northeast Wisconsin

International police training
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Published: Jun. 13, 2017 at 6:37 PM CDT
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From Australia, to Germany, to South America and everywhere in between, police officers from around the world are training in Northeast Wisconsin this week.

They represent departments from nearly 30 different countries.

As part of a week long conference, the group is learning and training at Fox Valley Technical College's public safety training facility.

"The program is through the International Police Association which is more of a fraternal organization; but to encourage and engage our younger members we've set up this program to offer them training and insight into how we do things here in the U.S.," said Joe Johnson, of the De Pere Police Department.

Officers from local police departments in Northeast Wisconsin are leading the training.

They are teaching their international counterparts different tactics they use; like how to sweep buildings and shoot guns, as not all officers around the world are always armed.

"In Germany we do not have facilities as such. so it was pretty amazing, very impressive and I like the hands on approach and it was very friendly and the gun is nice. It shoots very quickly," said Nathalie Schultz, of the Bielefeld Police Department in Germany.

"Seventeen years in the UK, never fired a gun, never held a gun. We have a baton and spray and handcuffs and that's literally it," said Mike Allen, of the Nottinghamshire Police Department in the UK.

While not every lesson may pertain to exactly how these international officers do their jobs, working with people from different departments and cultures is a lesson the officers won't ever forget.

"In Germany we tend to be a little bit more reserved, especially as police officers. It comes with our education, how we are educated. I love how passionate people are in the US about law enforcement and it makes me really want to come back and train, for example, with them," said Schultz.