City employees step behind the badge

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.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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