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Thomasville PD holds use of training program for community members

They learned that law enforcement officers have many resources to keep themselves and the public safe while on job, Ranging from a baton, to a taser, and a gun. (Source:WALB) They learned that law enforcement officers have many resources to keep themselves and the public safe while on job, Ranging from a baton, to a taser, and a gun. (Source:WALB)
"It's individual, agency to agency, how they allow their officers to use force and what type of force and when to use it," said Chief Troy Rich, Thomasville PD. (Source:WALB) "It's individual, agency to agency, how they allow their officers to use force and what type of force and when to use it," said Chief Troy Rich, Thomasville PD. (Source:WALB)
"When I first decided to come, I didn't know what to expect," said NAACP President Lucinda Brown.  (Source:WALB) "When I first decided to come, I didn't know what to expect," said NAACP President Lucinda Brown. (Source:WALB)
There are also other dangerous situations that police respond to everyday. Those routine calls, that can escalate quickly. (Source:WALB) There are also other dangerous situations that police respond to everyday. Those routine calls, that can escalate quickly. (Source:WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Some folks in Thomasville now have a better understanding of law enforcement.

About 30 people went through use of force training program held once a week over four weeks.

They learned that law enforcement officers have many resources to keep themselves and the public safe while on job, Ranging from a baton, to a taser, and a gun.

"It's individual, agency to agency, how they allow their officers to use force and what type of force and when to use it," said Chief Troy Rich, Thomasville PD.

Anytime, anywhere, that they do have to use it, police said it affects officers nationwide.

"When we see officers being ambushed and being killed in the line of duty, it hurts us and makes us more aware," said Rich.

So the Thomasville Police Department put its citizens to the test with a 4 week course that showed the ins and outs of law enforcement.

"When I first decided to come, I didn't know what to expect," said NAACP President Lucinda Brown.

Brown was a Thomasville police officer back in the 80's. She said times have changed, and it's important to know the policies of police today.

"It gets your adrenaline flowing, but it was a situation which you had to save a life and thats what I was trying to do," said Brown.

"They can leave and say wow, this job isn't easy," said Rich.

Some of the most dangerous situations that we participants encountered were traffic stops.

"It's not easy walking up to a traffic stop at night," said Rich.

There are also other dangerous situations that police respond to everyday. Those routine calls, that can escalate quickly.

"It's that domestic, it's that crisis patient call. We make sure we go there with the right number of personnel. We get there and assess the situation, you have to be prepared," said Rich.

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