Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-291

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 15, 2019
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    Training for HART Operators

    Sheriff Chad Chronister provides training for HART operators
    • Monday
    • July 15, 2019
    • Time: 4:16 PM
    • Hillsborough County


    To better prepare bus drivers for the dangers they can face on the job, Sheriff Chad Chronister and members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Training Division hosted a workshop for HART operators on Monday, July 15.

    It was the first training class the agency has hosted for HART, teaching drivers the best practices for dealing with hostile passengers. The training class follows the deadly stabbing of a HART driver at the hands of a passenger aboard a bus on May 18.

    "The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is here to lend a helping hand in training bus drivers to deescalate certain situations and to make sure they're keeping the passengers and themselves safe," said Sheriff Chronister.

    Operators were taught how to develop situational awareness and deescalation techniques. The goal of the program is to teach drivers how to calm, quell and escape conflicts while driving their routes.
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