Posted: Oct 26, 2012 7:05 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 7:51 PM
Everyday officers put their lives on the line protecting our community. KATC's Chris Welty was given a rare inside look at how state police train at their facility in Zachary.
"Nothing can prepare a police officer for what he or she is going to see day in or day out when they come to work," said Trooper Stephen Hammons of Louisiana State Police Troop I.
No two cases are ever alike, that's why the way troopers train to handle situations is constantly changing. To be prepared for anything hoping they will not have to use the tactics that become second nature.
"Having that training and having a lot of tools in our chest so to say for us to be able to draw on and use, those are things that will hopefully help lead to more successful encounters as we come across people who may have ill will towards law enforcement or even the public."
For forty hours every year, troopers from across the state learn the same tactics so no matter where on when they respond, they're consistent.
"In the event that we are needed, if you look at events across the state like Hurricane Katrina and the march on Jena, you can bring troopers in from all across the state and know that they have been trained the exact same way that you have."
Everything from shooting at different distances and with different guns to learning how to control their car at high speeds and on different terrains.
More than 930 troopers train every year using real life scenarios to reenact how to diffuse situations.
"When a police officer makes a traffic stop, he or she may encounter several different things. They may have to fight with somebody on the side of the road; they may have to fight for their life or somebody else's life. That training that we get, our defensive tactics, those things that allow us to really get a firm grasp on what it's going to take to bring a person into custody, to get ourselves out of a situation that could be potentially life threatening or somebody else. That's training you can't put a price on."
Part two of our series, Trooper Training, continues Saturday night after the game.
Ride along with KATC's Chris Welty as he takes a closer look at how troopers are making sure their driving skills are up to par to keep themselves and you safe.