YUMA, Ariz. – Four city employees suited up to see what it’s like to be a police officer in Yuma. They got a first-hand look at shooting scenarios and driving at high speeds in close quarters among other training tactics.
“I’ve learned when it’s appropriate and when it’s not appropriate to use force. Some of the tools that law enforcement is currently using for training.” said Brian Brady who works for the city of Yuma.
The group of employees who participated in the training had to bid for their spot raising money for a good cause. Police officers say pushing their limits a bit through some exciting training will hopefully give city officials a better perspective on peace officers.
“It’s also giving them an idea of just how quick our day can go from being in a police car driving down the street with nothing going on to, are you going to save somebody’s life are you going to save your own?” said Leanne Worthen who is an officer with the police department.
City council member Bill Craft stepped up to the plate in a hot button issue scenario – where he had to decide – to shoot or not shoot.
“If I would have been watching it on TV I would have said, ‘Hey shoot the guy!’ but having being on that position I wanted to think it out a little bit more. That was interesting I was actually surprised at myself.” said Craft.
“I think this would be beneficial if we could bring everybody in here, it’s just not practical, but it would help everybody kind of get an idea of what goes on in the day-to-day business in our world.” said Worthen.
The bid money collected from the fund-raiser will benefit local non-profit United Way of Yuma, which helps the community with a variety of free services.