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August 27, 2006

Decatur County -- Sherriff's deputies learn new entry and shooting tactics that could save the lives of themselves and others some day. Decatur County deputies teamed up with the US Deputy Sheriffs' Association to learn attack tips from top-notch trainers.

The deputies appreciate the time to practice the techniques that may be put into play someday. Another plus is that the USDSA, a non-profit group, provides the training to agencies throughout the county for free.

Deputies who participated say training is an experience that makes them ready for real situations.

They're all geared up with guns in hand, and ready for action. But these stealth-like moves are practice that help perfect a very challening part of a sheriff's deputy's job.

"Being able to communicate as a team and work together as a team to overcome situations. That's why we train so much as a team," said Lt. Chip Nix.

For eight hours Lieutenant Chip Nix and some team members were in motion, learning improved entry tactic skills and moves that could save lives some day.

"There's more situations going on like terrorism and active-shooters, and we need to be more trained in this fields to adapt to situations," said Lt. Nix.

A two-man training team from the U-S Deputy Sheriff's Association came to Decatur County to provide the day-long instuctions. Mike Willis says practice makes a difference.

"Really what I want to accomplish with them is them being comfortable with each other, them working as a unit, and them understanding, being on the same page as far as their tactics," said Mike Willis.

Teaching the tactics include using real-life equipment in fake situations.

"You've got to train more and more and more to be used to your equipment, especially in an excited situation where your adrenalin's pumping," said Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin watched over his men as they learned new tactics during training. For deputies like Lt. Chip Nix, training reinforces what he entered law enforcement for.

"I have a kid and it's important to me to keep the community safe for our children and make it a better place to live," said Lt. Nix.

The additional training gives these deputies experience they need to keep the community safe.

The Defensive Tactics Training Seminars by the USDSA help with fighting, take-down, and defense tenchiques to minimize any injuries. The assocation provides everything for free so communities throughout the country can have well-trained law enforcement.

There are around 30 agencies across the country that will recieve training this year.

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