When a life is on the line the public depends on law enforcement to step up to the challenge. Today officers prepared for the worst by simulating front line situations and responding with solid judgment.
“The teams from all over the state learn a lot, learn a lot of new techniques. We've got to be able to learn these things in order have some safer deployments when we go on some missions,” said Lieutenant Richard Crooms of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Crooms understands the value of being prepared today he briefed officers on how to use a distraction flare to make time for a smooth entrance.
"These are when we would use some dynamic entries into a residence like a barricaded gunman or some situation like that where our lives or someone else life is in danger. So we would deploy a distraction device in order to allow us to get in more safely," said Crooms.
More than 200 officers from 28 agencies across
distracting tactics, and training sessions. The act of shooting accurately can come down to the smallest of details.
"We're just trying to deal with their heart rate; you know dealing with the heat, dealing with them having to move forward and back with that heart rate and that respiration constantly changing the impact of that weapon. So that's what we're trying to help them focus in on and dial those shots in a little better," said Matt Hester with the Georgia Tactical Officers Association.
Officials simulated making tough decisions in hostile situations.
"If your partner delivers rounds on somebody because he yelled gun and you can't see he's got a gun do you have the right to shoot that person? Who says yes? You're going to get indicted," said one shooting instructor.
Although situations requiring these tactics only happen occasionally, Crooms says it only takes one threat for officers to spring into action.
"It's always good to be ready for a situation even though we don't use it. So that's what this training is all about. Learn these new techniques get ready just in case we have to use these things," said Crooms.
Tomorrow the conference will continue with more SWAT explosion training at the Bibb County Sheriff's Office training range off of