Car chases, suspect pursuits and hand to hand combat. Situations like these have been happening a lot more frequently in North Central Wisconsin.
"Some of the communities have become a little more violent and that's just society," Law Enforcement Training Officers Association (L.E.T.O.A) President Monica Barman explains.
So in order to keep your family safe, law enforcement is upping their game by familiarizing themselves with new techniques and technology that could save your life.
David Forsythe, a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and L.E.T.O.A board member, says, "We don't know what we're getting into. So it could turn into something simple and then, all of the sudden going through all the stuff we're training now, maybe the person does have a knife, maybe they pull out a gun, maybe they run into a building and you have to clear it safely."
To find out what it's like, NewsChannel 7 went behind the scenes becoming recruits for a day as the Law Enforcement Training Officers Association put us and 55 other officers through the paces at their annual conference held this year at North Central Technical College's hands-on training facility in Merrill.
Every scenario is carefully designed to be as realistic as possible. In one exercise, officers were led on a chase. Once they managed to stop the car the suspect took off running into a building. There, officers were met by a number of armed suspects, including a robot used to simulate a moving threat.
Although it may look like fun, this is by no means a game as officers put their lives on the line every day to protect yours.
"Anytime you have well trained officers the community will be better off," Barman tells NewsChannel 7.
The conference will wrap up Friday. Every officer that attends the training is an instructor and will be responsible for training other officers in the techniques and skills they learned.
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