London sergeant tapped for national FBI Academy

Sgt. David Wiseman

London Police Sgt. David Wiseman will attend the FBI National Academy this winter. According to Chief Peter Tobin, Wiseman is the first officer from London to attend the academy.

"It’s a very prestigious thing to get into," Tobin said at the Oct. 16 London council meet-ing, noting that Wiseman’s credentials are impressive.

The sergeant has been a member of the London police force for almost 20 years.

Law enforcement officers from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries attend the academy, according to the FBI’s Web site. They take college courses in law, behavioral science, communication, forensic science and other subjects.

The purpose of the academy is to use the education to improve police departments. Admittance is by invitation only, after the candidates are selected from a list of nominated officers. Tobin nominated Wiseman.

Because Wiseman already has a college degree, Tobin said, he will be taking graduate level courses. The training begins in January and lasts 10 weeks.

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Members of London Church of Christ appeared before council, asking for help in the process of getting their building project approved. Speaking on behalf of the group, Curtis Hurley said they had been told their building plans would work, and so sold their old building last September. Since then, he said, the project has run into snags as some aspects of their plan have been rejected by the city. The project had been dragging along despite all their efforts to satisfy the city, he said, and the congregation was getting very frustrated. He said they felt stuck between the construction com-pany and the city, not getting enough information from either.     

Safety-Service Director Steve Hume said the city was waiting to get enough information from the construction company. He said the proper information had not been submitted. The city wants to be sure the new construction will meet the requirements and has concerns about the site’s water drainage. The plans weren’t rejected, Hume said.  They just won’t be approved until the construction company and engi-neer show they meet requirements.

Councilman Rodney Lauer said council does not have the authority to act in the matter, but said he would help Hurley to understand the code and the issues involved.

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