TWICE IN THE LAST WEEK, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAD
TO MAKE QUICK CHOICES.
WHEN ENCOUNTERING AN ATTACKER WITH A KNIFE.
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IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ANY OF US TO UNDERSTAND HOW TOUGH
TO MAKE THAT KIND OF DECISION IN LESS THAN A SECOND.
SO NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER WENT TO THE PEOPLE
WHO TRAIN OFFICERS TO MAKE SUCH LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS.
ERIC AND MICHELLE WITH BOTH OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS
INVESTIGATORS NOW WILL RIGHTLY TAKE DAYS AND WEEKS
TO ANALYZE THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
DAYS AND WEEKS TO REVIEW A DECISION AN OFFICER HAD
TO MAKE IN LESS THAN A SECOND.
we spend a lot of time on threat assessment.
IN A SIMULATOR NO ONE WILL DIE.
keep your hands where i can see them.
WHAT THESE STUDENTS AT MADISON COLLEGE ARE LEARNING
COULD ONE DAY SAVE THEIR LIFE.
keep your hand where i can see them.
stand up, sir drop the knife.
about a third of a second an officer has to make a
judgement call on whether they need to use deadly
force or not, now that's just based on a sudden attack.
show hands, drop the knife.
A SPLIT SECOND DECISION THAT YOU HAVE TO GET RIGHT.
he started running at us with the knife which shows
that he has the intent and delivery therefor we used
BUT THERE IS ALSO AN EMPHASIS ON BUYING TIME AND AVOIDING
THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE.
we try to heavily focus them that if they recognize
somebody or something that is potentially dangerous
to try to increase their reaction time.
distance allows them to increase that reaction time.
so don't be so quick to rush in towards that person
or don't be so quick to try to control that person.
maybe back up a little bit.
our thing is to get away from the threat because we
know if they are within 21 feet they have lethal force.
AND WITHIN THAT 21 FEET LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS MUST
i'm going to sweep, disengage.
sir, down on the ground.
do it now.
down, down, drop the knife.
SCENARIO TRAINING - MAKE BELIEVE - BUT OUT ON THE
STREET IT COULD NOT BE MORE REAL OR HAPPEN ANY FASTER.
that officer has a third of a second to process all
of that, their information and make a response.
THE MADISON COLLEGE PROTECTIVE SERVICE PROGRAM SPENDS
A GREAT DEAL OF TIME
TRAINING STUDENTS TO TRY TO DE-ESCALATE
WHEN THAT DOESN'T WORK HOWEVER - POLICE OFFICERS MUST
MAKE DECISIONS IN A SPLIT SECOND.
AND ERIC AND MICHELLE - IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR MOST
OF US TO UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT THAT MUST BE.
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