When an officer makes the choice to shoot or not to shoot, and he feels he or she must shoot, the media swarms like flies on scat whenever this incident occurs. When faced with such a decision, the media has a field day when the officer in question has shot an unarmed suspect, not ever knowing what the circumstances. The angry citizens rarely put their feet in the officer’s shoes whenever law enforcement has been in that scenario. We know it can be difficult to say the least, so we at Shooting Range Industries would like to put the shoe on the other foot, so to speak.
Law Enforcement Training; Shoot or Don’t Shoot
Too often, law enforcement officers are put in challenging situations. More times than people realize, the situation has brewed long before their arrival, and they engage themselves into escalating confrontations. Especially when the officer has no idea how the person(s) in question will respond or what they are capable of, diffusing people with elevated emotions can be a great hardship. The law enforcement officer has but a single moment to decide if life is threatened in a fraction of a second while in the midst of extreme tension and the spiked levels of adrenaline. To try and understand the law enforcement side of things, or simply to refute their actions, there have been a handful of activist leaders offered an invitation to run through a few simulations. Where others have resisted full admission by adding their own view on policies and training, most have recognized the struggle, and swallowed their pride to humbly admit as to the understanding of why there are some cases where unarmed suspects get shot. In any case, whether their views have openly been altered, they now have perspective of the situations.
Many of those people do not realize the various conditions in which our officers might face, though some critics might scrutinize law enforcement training, tactics, or methods. For instance, a police officer had to deal with a belligerent drunken civilian in a training scenario. The drunken person needs to get aggressive to a minor degree, unarmed as the situation details. Later during the training, they brought back the same situation only altering the drunken suspect to be armed in the scenario, and if the simulation was real, the officer would have fallen. The point of the matter is there is no telling what other contributing factors might be in the situation, despite preparations and training, in an instant where someone is being aggressive, defiant, resistant, and enraged. In continuous efforts to help prepare law enforcement for challenges they may face, there is a set of requirements, training, conditioning and education. It is easy to point the fingers at the local law enforcement when things are catastrophic, but as civilians, it is equally important that we cooperate, are compliant and submissive when having to associate with law enforcement to avoid hostilities and unnecessary confrontations that will escalate to fatalities.
Live Fire Shooting Simulator Systems
Along with dry firing and with simulation technology, law enforcement practices drills and scenario training on the shooting range to help them be able to recognize the moments when someone might be intending on committing bodily harm, but human nature is just, it’s unpredictable. Contact us to learn more about our custom shooting ranges with live fire simulation today.