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Police recruits practice reality training ahead of graduation

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Police recruits throughout the Southern Tier are taking the next step toward graduation. First, they have to complete two weeks of intensive survival reality based training with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

“They’re almost done. I think that they’re happy. I know that they think they’re ready, but they need these two weeks before they’re really ready,” said Sergeant Sammy Davis, with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

Police recruits from 13 different agencies throughout the Southern Tier practiced a variety of situations, from uncooperative subjects to active shooter training.

“We want them to understand the high importance of being able to make good decisions. Just because there’s an active shooter situation, doesn’t mean you always have to shoot. We want to make sure they know how to recognize the victim and subject in those high stress situations,” said Sgt. Davis.

Those situations, are all to prepare recruits for the real world. According to the Sheriff’s Office, recruits spend five months in classrooms, with some drill training. The reality based training allows them to put their knowledge into practical application.

‘It’s nice to be able to see them from day one and then the end of 31 weeks of training. I see how they’ve grown, and learned how to to be proficient in what we’ve taught them, learn how to do their job,” said Sgt. Davis.

Katie Jones

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