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Officers train for split-decision moments

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SPD Instructor Cpl. Rodney Horton talks about the training requirements for officers. SPD Instructor Cpl. Rodney Horton talks about the training requirements for officers.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The announcement that Shreveport Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of DeEric Bailey prompted KSLA News 12 to look at the split-second decisions that must be made by those under the most extreme circumstances.

That's where regular, annual training comes in for every officer in the Shreveport Police Department. Scenario-based training, with the lights dimmed and sometimes with noise added in the background, helps officers to hone their skills.

It also helps to prepare them for the ultimate question -- whether to shoot or not to shoot.

"A basic academy cadet class is 320 hours. And firearms, use of force is probably a third, probably a hundred hours. And then every single year they come back for a minimum of 8 hours on firearms and use of force training every single year," says SPD Instructor Cpl. Rodney Horton.

Shreveport Police also use paint ball guns to simulate real life hostage and hold-up situations. Police say that that's about as real as the training can get without being placed in an actual gun battle.

Last year, SPD officers were involved in four police-involved shooting in which a suspect was shot.

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