(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a training session for authorities and school administrators on how to conduct school-based threat, risk and vulnerability assessments.

Sheriff George Maier says pending legislation (HB123) will require local law enforcement and sheriffs to work with their school districts to complete vulnerability assessments in their schools.

“So it is imperative that our people in the field have appropriate training and receive certification and proper credentials to perform these threat assessments.”

The training will be presented by the National Sheriff’s Association made available through a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

This is the first of four training segments that will be offered throughout the state.

The sheriff’s office says The program offers a comprehensive assessment that defines a community, evaluates a community’s strengths and weaknesses, identifies critical infrastructure and key resources, identifies the threats to the community from an all hazard perspective, identifies and prioritizes Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources and provides a comprehensive vulnerability assessment.

“It is critical that those charged with ensuring the safety of our children and community members alike have access to the latest evidence-based training opportunities,” explained Sheriff Maier.

He says the assessment course is available to both law enforcement personnel and school personnel

“Ongoing training and education allow us to be prepared to face any situation and to achieve a safer Stark County.”

The training will be taking place at the R.G. Drage Career Center in Massillon this week.