LAPD updates training program to decrease the use of force

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Over 3,700 LAPD officers have gone through the 10 hour training class in Ahmanson Recruit Training Center in Westchester. (KABC)

Locally and nationally, police officers are under intense scrutiny when it comes to the use of force and police brutality.

"We make instantaneous decisions in a split second for the safety of ourselves, the suspect and for the community at large," LAPD Lt. David Rosenthal said.

In an attempt to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings and police beatings, the Los Angeles Police Department has designed an updated training program on the use of force.

Over 3,700 LAPD officers have gone through the 10-hour training class in Ahmanson Recruit Training Center in Westchester.

"What this focuses on though is the de-escalation of critical incidents, giving them a chance to work through these scenarios," LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said.

News reporters participated in the police officer's spot during a training class. In the scenario I participated in, there was a bank robbery, and I was the contact officer responding to the call with a trainee.

In the end, my partner and I were shot, and I got a glimpse of the stressful situations officers are in every day.

The training is designed to mimic real-life situations and helps officers learn how to work their way out of potentially deadly incidents.

LAPD statistics from last year show officers logged more than 1.5 million on-duty contacts, and 48 of those were listed as officer-involved shootings.

The hope is that training will de-escalate not just the heated situations but use-of-force stats as well.
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