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Live fire simunition training in Harrison County

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 06:08 PM EDT

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio –Law enforcement officers are "filling the gaps" with certain instructional training that could save your life -- and their own.
It's a new program dubbed a "building-clearing class" offered by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and normally reserved for S.W.A.T. teams.
Ultimately, it's a way to fill a training gap for patrol officers.
Officers used live fire simunition in the form of paint balls at the former mine training facility in Harrison County, a training zone to practice basic weapons handling, clearing rooms, and safety in buildings.
Andrew Russell, a law enforcement training officer, says patrol officers are typically overlooked when it comes to training like this because of the high cost.
But the AG's office offers this practice class free to agencies across the state and it’s paid through casino tax money.
"What we've found is a lot of the S.W.A.T-type teams are getting this type of training, but patrol officers are not,” Russell said. “We feel patrol officers need this more so than a lot of the S.W.A.T guys.”
Harrison County Sherriff Ron Myers says training like this will help officers stay on their toes.
“It's just putting the officer in the perspective of what they should do because the regular officer, they get complacent and we do things differently,” he said. “We don't think the call is of great importance. We need to treat all calls the same way and they are important so we get to go home that night.”
Myers said since officers don’t get enough weapon time on the range, he'd like to see his deputies have more of these types of live fire simunitions and scenarios as they become available across the state.

Live fire simunition training in Harrison County


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