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Santa Rosa County law enforcement training
SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- Last year, 33 law enforcement officers across the country were killed by gunfire. Hundreds of others were injured. Tuesday, Santa Rosa county deputies received training on how to handle situations that quickly turn dangerous.
When it comes to law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine call. They have to train year round to be prepared for anything. They train with bullet proof vests and a weapon that looks and feels real, and shoots paintball pellets. They put Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth through a few scenarios to see what they experience.
She was partnered up with Deputy Rich Alloy and put through two different scenarios. The purpose is to show how quickly a call can turn deadly.
The first assignment was to make sure a home was clear and no one was inside. That was all they were told, but once they got inside, there was an active shooter. Alloy said, "It's so realistic, it really gets your blood pumping. in hindsight makes you think, did you act as trained."
When it comes to training, the more realistic it is meant the more prepared they are for a real situation. The next scenario was a traffic stop that quickly turned violent. The man being pulled over had a gun and started shooting.
"There is no such thing as routine, anything can go bad out here." said deputy Christina Reaves.
For her, it hits close to home. "Being married to a cop is one of the hardest things out there."
About 10 years ago, her husband, Sgt. Todd Reaves was in a deputy involved shooting. His partner was shot during a chase. "It was another officer that was shot when I was with him". It was a very scary situation. It's something you can't ever be prepared for, but you train the best you can for." said Sgt. Reaves.
His partner ended up being okay but it was their training that saved their lives.