ReStore doors have the right stuff!

Let's face it sometimes our stuff has seen better days. But that doesn't mean it's a total loss.

We love it when people use items in upcycling projects, but there are also ways to use damaged stock to help train law enforcement officers. Through the Joint Regional Operations Center Foundation, local and regional officers and military personnel enroll in special outdoor training gigs where they learn how to safely breach doors - ReStore doors, in some cases.

JROC purchases some of our "less desirable" doors with doorknobs to create realistic training situations.

"One of the best aspects of the doors from the ReStore is that we can use them multiple times to achieve varied training objectives," said Jennifer Knowles, executive director of JROC.

According to Knowles, it's an excellent opportunity for officers to learn advanced techniques on safe, fast entry on various door types.

The JROC site is a very controlled environment just outside of the Portland area. The day we visited, Rob Pincus of I.C.E. Training was coaching 13 officers and security guards on fundamental skill development. Using real doors in real jams "enhances the contextual relevance of the skill application," Pincus said.

Even when the door no longer hangs in the jam properly, it still has a purpose.

"We've even been known to use them to create 'alleys' and obstacles for those training!" Knowles added. 

Photo of Brieana Weaver and Rob Pincus as he demonstrates tool to keep door open