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Keeping Sharp: Sheriff's Tactical Training Held Tuesday
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's
Office held a "tactical training" session on Tuesday that was open to
all law enforcement agencies in the county. Those attending the session
included Sheriff's Deputies, Narcotics Investigators, Criminal
Investigative Division Investigators, Johnston Police and School
District SRO's to hone their skills in taking dangerous felons into
Although Edgefield Daily was allowed to observe a portion of the
training, we were not allowed to take any photographs or reveal any
details of the training - in spite of how impressive it was.
The officers went through multiple scenarios that ranged from generic
and co-operative suspects to those who would not comply and even tried
to escape. Every group of deputies and officers chosen to participate
had no idea what they would be facing.
The instruction came from the Sheriff's Training Officer Lt. Mark
Howard with Capt. Chris Wash and Sheriff Dobey observing.
Even the slightest misstep was pointed out in every scenario.
The situations involved a driver, sometimes a passenger, and up to four
people in the car and how to remove them from the vehicle one by one
while staying in control of the situation.
The purpose of the training is to allow deputies and officers to know
exactly what the other deputy or officer would be doing in the event of
a felony stop where one wrong move could lead to the loss of life, be
it the suspect or the officer. It enforced team work in high stress
The training also allows law enforcement officers to build instincts in
such situations. By constant training, when deputies or officers are
faced with a real life situation and nerves kick in, the training takes
over on what to do, and not to do, in order to protect the officer and
the suspect from harm.
Additional training will be held for deputies and officers not able to
attend the training on Tuesday.
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