Training Helps Keep Officers Skills Sharp

It's close order training and these officers are clearing out rooms in tandem.

It's important that they know their partner has their back.

"We try to do that maintenance type training on those things that sometime appear to be very basic and fundamental but at the same time if its not a routine matter that you do repeatedly every single day, those type of skills can become perishable," Bellevue Professional Standards Bureau Captain Mark Elbert said.

The skills learned during the eight hour session can apply to about any situation officers may encounter...from domestic to a routine traffic stop to something as seemingly harmless as taking a report.

"Any one of those situations can escalate into something it never really intended to be and then somebody's in a life and death situation they weren't really called to go do that and it evolved into that," Captain Elbert said. "We're trying to give them a skill set that they can walk away with some confidence and feeling comfortable in what otherwise might be a very uncomfortable situation."

And because a police officer's day is rarely routine, on-going training sessions can help keep not only the officers safe, but the people they serve safe as well.

Because you never know what's behind the next door.

The close order training drills are held quarterly in Bellevue.

There are also regular training sessions for K-9 officers and their handlers that are held weekly.

The dogs receive continual training in order to refresh their skills as well as monitor how they react in certain situations.

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