Chief Howe, Sheriff Koutoujian announce Tyngsborough Police complete interactive, scenario-based training

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Twenty-two members of the Tyngsborough Police Department completed six days of interactive, scenario-based training utilizing the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s (MSO) Mobile Training Center (MTC) last month, Chief Richard D. Howe and Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced today.

The MTC is a specialized trailer that allows officers the ability to train for situations and scenarios through simulations of incidents they may encounter during their duties. These adaptive scenarios allow the officers the opportunity to enhance their training, while receiving immediate feedback from departmental instructors on each scenario.  The MTC requires officers to use a host of skills particularly communication and de-escalation.

Each officer participated in a variety of scenarios with focuses on traffic stops and calls involving individuals in mental health crisis.  

“We are proud to work side by side with Chief Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “The MTC is an invaluable tool for officers, and we are proud to be able to facilitate this crucial training.”

“We’re grateful for our partnership with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and their commitment to enhancing officer training,” said Chief Richard Howe.  “Our officers were provided the opportunity to work through real-life scenarios that required use of force tactics as well as de-escalation skills.  This type of interactive training is essential and we are looking forward to our next opportunity to train in the Mobile Training Center.”

The MTC was purchased by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with federal grant funds in 2010 and has been utilized by numerous local municipal and university police departments.  In 2020, more than 875 officers took part in training on the MTC.