Sheriff's deputy recognized for completing conflict resolution program

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Strafford County Deputy Sheriff Troy Pickering, center), accepts his certificate of course completion for the 3 day course. With Pickering are Jack Hogan of the Resolution Group, right, and Mitch Little, an instructor and Chief of Police in Toms River N.J

DOVER - A Strafford County Sheriff's Deputy was recently recognized for completing a course of study on conflict resolution.

Deputy Sheriff Troy Pickering completed the three-day course earlier this month in New Jersey where he matriculated from the Resolution Group's International Conflict Resolution Course.

According to the SCSO, Pickering is the department's lead use of force instructor and was trained through taking part in this course. Also studied were Use of Force ethics, as well as communication and physical skills. While there he achieved level 1 Certification in Conflict Resolution Skills designed to aid in:

Better communication under stress

To effectively address cultural differences

Enhancement of Tactical and Technical Physical Defensive Skills

Develop a better understanding of moral values and ethics as they pertain to life and the Law Enforcement Profession

Sheriff David Dubois said he was happy with the instruction and skills Pickering received and can bring back to the department.

"Deputy Pickering is a talented and competent use of force instructor with the office," Dubois said. "We look forward to the entire agency benefiting from his increased knowledge and skill level as he instructs our staff on these concepts during annual update training this year."

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