When to shoot, when not to shoot: Shreveport officer training
Before an officer can take his or her gun out on the street they must first go through hours of firearm training. In high stress situations where guns are involved officers must learn how to deal with the adrenaline rush and the physical change that happens to their bodies, during a hold-up.
The training goes further than just target practice. Shreveport officers learn to react quickly, but calmly by placing the officer in safe training situations, however real-life distractions are thrown in.
Before an officer draws his weapon and chooses to use deadly force they are trained to quickly assess any dangers for potential bodily harm.
"It's based on what they perceive at that given moment. If the officer perceives that he, or another officer, or a citizen is going to be a victim, or receive great bodily injury or death, they can use whatever force is necessary, all the way up to deadly force if it's reasonable," said Cpl. Rodney Horton with the Shreveport Police Department.
The indoor shooting range at the Shreveport Police training facility uses several distractions to simulate life-like situations. The lighting can be dimmed. Red and blue police lights flash in the background, and loud music can also added in to make the training feel as real as possible.