On an annual basis, police officers are required to participate in training scenarios that replicate high-stress situations (approximately 8-10 hours a year). These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Active violence/Active shooter
  • Armed people
  • Resistive people
  • People displaying signs of a Mental Illness
  • Sudden attack
  • Resistive people who become compliant
  • Person/people barricaded inside a residence

The majority of the training consists of classroom instruction followed by officer scenarios. These scenarios are designed to be realistic and activate a physiological and psychological response in the officer. It is common for officers to experience an elevated heart and respiratory rate during the scenarios. By placing officers in these scenarios, we allow them to experience and understand how stressful situations will affect them so they will not be overwhelmed when dealing with a real-life event.