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February 24, 2011

Kansas Highway Patrol officers provide Cowley employees with tips on drug recognition


trainingEmployees on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City took advantage of training sessions conducted by Kansas Highway Patrol officers Rob Istas and Carson Nuss during a pair of drug recognition classes held Tuesday and Wednesday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

The class, which was split into two four hour sessions,  was designed to not only assist with the ability to recognize drug substances but more importantly, how to recognize the effects of these drugs on a person’s behavior and/or attitude as well as physical characteristics or signs that may be exhibited.

According to Matt Stone, Cowley College’s director of security and public safety, the college has had numerous drug awareness training sessions in which individuals were informed what a certain drug looked like, but this class was primarily focused on helping instructors recognize an individual under the influence of an illegal substance.

“Hopefully this will help them narrow down what is influencing a person’s behavior or attitude and learn ways to approach that person,” Stone said.