Training Remains Law Enforcement’s Key to Prevent Tragedies from Happening, Growing

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Investigators believe last week’s deadly shooting in Dallas, which resulted in the death of five police officers, was inspired by the instances of black men being killed by police officers. Two such occurrences of what many believe to be the unjustified and unnecessary killing of black men by police officers occurred in Minnesota and Louisiana in the days leading to the Dallas shooting. 

For law enforcement here in the Twin Tiers and beyond, training remains the key to prevent tragedies from happening and growing. 

“That’s built-in to help us avoid those gaps of people, you know, ‘He had qualified two years ago but haven’t qualified since.’ That’s a huge huge issue that’s occurring. We qualify a minimum of three times a year,'” said Undersheriff Bill Schrom with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. 

Because for police officers like those in the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the training received to while becoming an officer is just as vital as the training they receive while they’re an officer. 

“The difficult part of the job is predicting how every individual’s going to act in any given situation. They might look good on paper, ‘I might look great, might be a great candidate, but put me in a real life situation and there might be some panic involved,'” said Schrom.

Schrom says the Sheriff’s Office also uses real actors in order to make the simulations during training as ‘real life’ as possible. He said it’s the best training for the officers no matter their age or experience. 

It’s all in the attempt to avoid the loss of life for the officer and the other party, as well as avoid the possible headache that can longer long after an officer involved shooting. 

“A theory of law known as Respondeat Superior, the employer of the of the employee who commits some kind of a bad action is always going to be responsible. In an officer-involved shooting, that would be the police department or the municipality they work for,” said Adam Gee, an attorney with the Ziff Law Firm. 

On Thursday, July 14, a special ceremony will be held by local lawmakers and law enforcement to honor the police officers killed and wounded in the shooting in Dallas along with law enforcement in our area. 

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