Split Second Decisions Made with Wyoming Law Enforcement

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Police work has always been delicate and often times, a split second decision could mean scrutiny or judgement years later; especially when we look at the use of force and methods used in certain situations.

News 13's participated in portions of police training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas to see what exactly police go through.

Real life situations played out virtually show new officers and myself proper methods to defuse a hostile situation.

Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Instructor Brian Brooks shared, “We put you through four, five scenarios I think in a matter of thirty minutes. They as far as the use of force simulators are concerned they go through forty five to fifty of those over the course of their 14 week basic a peace office does. All of our use of force is governed by amendments and that is under the fourth amendment, we have two case laws that we use primary gram or Tennessee are the two we primarily use in law enforcement."

Brooks said reenacted situations are based off real cases from across the nation.

"There are three ways that we prove whether this persons an immediate threat, they have the ability to cause me harm they have the opportunity to cause me harm and they've shown their intent."

"What is it you're seeing right now, 'it looks like a gun' okay, so there is a perception that there is a gun there. Is he an immediate threat at this point, 'I guess not,’ ‘no' you know if I don’t act right now is he hurt or will somebody no okay there’s no threat to anyone at this point, so we would say this would be an overreaction in shooting someone that is not posing an immediate threat."

"Drop your knife!’Alright,’ alright so he drops the knife now you deescalate, you get rid of your handgun and you go to the next available weapon which would be, in your case taser so no you've drawn your taser, he is now an immediate threat."

"Infliction or threating inflection of serious physical harm did she do that I would say yes because she pointed a gun, your darn right, would we arrest her, yes we would arrest her for aggravated assault, if I tase you, and you got a gun what happens you're going to turn around and shoot probably is it reasonable for us to use any other means to stop this individual if I can't then it's reasonable for me to shoot."

"So once you finish with your training here do you feel confident to get out on the streets?"

"Yes sir"

Trainee Michael Staiger shared, “Before I started the training I had no idea how I would apply things such as a taser, Oc, my handgun but they've clearly established when we should when we shouldn't and basically it allowed us to make decisions and use our discretion to protect the public to the best of our ability."

Real life simulations are training those protecting us for real life consequences.

Brooks added, scenarios are updated annually to stay on top of current situations