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3rd Annual A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge Provides Realistic Training and Competition for Member Departments

Event in Lincoln and Sauk County

Each and every day, our law enforcement personnel here in Wisconsin work to keep our communities safe, but their work isn't always easy.  It's a tenuous job with no shortage of exposure to dangerous and often time life threatening scenarios.

Recognizing the need to keep them safer, the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation (County Mutual) and Community Insurance Corporation (CIC) has worked hard to foster a close partnership with member law enforcement departments.  Part of this relationship involves providing state-of-the-art training tools like firearms simulators and, again this year, multi-faceted training sessions.

On October 7th and 9th, the County Mutual and CIC held their 3rd Annual Advanced Law Enforcement Risk Training (A.L.E.R.T.) Law Enforcement Challenge for member departments.  This was a free event that involved a competition and training for member departments.  It was held in two locations this year, the Lincoln County Sports Club outside of Merrill on October 7th and the Sauk County Law Enforcement Training Center on October 9th.

“The ability to think quickly and react in real life situations are critical skills that we always focus on in our training,” said Bruce Scott of Aegis Corporation, who runs the County Mutual and CIC's Advanced Law Enforcement Risk Training (A.L.E.R.T.) program.  “This is the third year of our A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge and based on feedback from all participants, they love the opportunity to test themselves in settings of running and using their service weapons in a realistic environment.”

This year's winners are:

Lincoln County Location
1st Place: Corey Dassow, Taylor County Sheriff's Department 

2nd Place:  Robert Wanta, Portage County Sheriff's Department    

3rd Place: Alex Walrath, Forest County Sheriff's Department

Sauk County Location
1st Place: Bren Derringer, Wood County Sheriff's Department

2nd Place: Brett Foley, Price County Sheriff's Department    

3rd Place: Deputy Sheriff Competitor, Calumet County Sheriff's Department (Due to undercover work, the competitor's name was not shared).

Individual prizes were awarded to top finishers and cash prizes awarded to the top finishers' departments. The first place finisher's department received $7,500, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500.

“We are incredibly proud of our relationship with our law enforcement members in the state and our Law Enforcement Challenge once again was a tremendous training event for them,” said John Dirkse, executive vice president of Aegis Corporation, which is the administrator of the County Mutual and Community Insurance Corporation.  “Our dedication to keeping our members safe on the job and giving them the tools to keep them safer is always our goal and we look forward to providing new and challenging training opportunities in the year ahead.”

See pictures from the 2014 Lincoln County event here.


See pictures from the 2014 Sauk County event here.

The A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge was FREE to member law enforcement departments of the County Mutual and Community Insurance Corporation and included a timed skills challenge, all training sessions and lunch.

In addition to department pride, individual prizes were once again awarded to top finishers and cash prizes awarded to the top finishers' departments. The first place finisher's department received $7,500; $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.  Individual prizes included $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. 

For questions about the 2015 A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge, tentatively scheduled for October 7, 2015 in Portage County, or to schedule law enforcement training in your county, contact Bruce Scott of Aegis Corporation at 414.491.1656. 

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