TO SHOOT OR NOT TO SHOOT? TCSO TRAINING TO KEEP YOU SAFE
Recent officer involved shootings and police ambushes have law enforcement awareness at an all-time high.
But you might wonder how officers prepare for such situations. Of course, deputies can’t tell us all of their tactics, but there is one they let me take a shot at.
It’s a computer based simulator that presents 250 scenarios where officers have to decide whether or not to use deadly force.
Sgt. Alex Miles with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says it’s a great way to sharpen verbal skills and weapon technique.
“You know as you do this job in law enforcement , one amazing thing about it is not every day is the same. Every day is different. You don’t always respond to the same call. You never know what you’re going to face when you step out of that car everyday call. So we have to try to prepare our guys the best that we can for whatever the world may throw at them.”
As in real life, not every scenario presented calls for force at all.
Miles conducts this training. He wants to make it clear to the public that using deadly force is a last resort.
“I’m willing to lay my life on the line for anybody, regardless of their race, creed, origin, nationality, color of their skin. I’m here to lay my life on the line and protect those people that I’ve never even met before and for children that have yet to be born. That’s what I’m here for is to serve the public”
But, if you’re armed and approached by law enforcement, sheriff ron abernathy has this message to you.
“You need to immediately put the weapon down. If you don’t, you are subject to being shot, you will be shot. They’re trained to shoot. their job is to go home safe at night. So when you get directions from your law enforcement officer about that especially involving a weapon, and the situation that we’re facing now you need to immediately adhere to that instruction”