CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County Deputy Sheriffs will be participating in a 14-week Peace Officer Standard Training Program with the Chicopee Police Department.

The goal of the 14 week program is about providing on-the-job experience, getting these Deputy Sheriffs ready for anything. They will go through four phases of training, daily observation reports, and performance evaluations needed to perform duties as peace officers.

It’s called POST, Peace Officer Standards Training., and the program will be offered through the Chicopee Police Department, available to people who’ve already gone through the Academy. During that time, a Deputy Sheriff will go out to as many calls as possible to build experience with a field training officer to help guide them, training them on how to handle different situations and de-escalate.

“There’s a scrutiny under how we handle, communicate, talk to the people we’re approaching. Whether it’s in a car or at a domestic. It’s important to know what to do, how to do it and you have to follow the law,” said Sheriff Nick Cocchi.

Deputy Sheriff Muscaro will be the first to take part of this program.

Chicopee Mayor John Vieau and Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi say this partnership will be a great way to ensure officers are working in accordance with the highest standards within the communities they serve.