Human loss of life happens in the world of law enforcement and our society. It is the inherent risk of law enforcement and the public-at-large when the use of force with a weapon becomes necessary to protect the community and the responding officer. When a deadly conflict situation escalates into lethal engagement, bad things are going to happen. We hear and read about deadly encounter situations frequently where a law enforcement officer, suspect or inocent bystander has lost their life in a tragic and unfortunate set of circumstances.
For the law enforcement officer that is responsible, a deadly encounter situation that results in a civilian casualty is a life-long heavy burden and daily reminder. For most LEO's the psychological trauma and the emotional damage and scaring from the event is profound and significant and causes long-term PTSD and PTSD related issues. In some situations, the LEO is so troubled and unable to cope which eventually leads the individual to suicide.
When a LEO deadly encounter situation results in a civilian casualty and gets the attention of the media and the public, the officer can expect to be involved in legal and judicial proceedings. Whether the LEO's actions were justified or not, the individual may become criminally charged and prosecuted in court for wrongful death. Even though the LEO may not be charged, for many it results in the termination of the officer.
When considering law enforcement involvement in any deadly conflict situation it is a firm belief that training is a contributing factor and that more training must be the answer and solution. However, more training has not been effective; it has not addressed, nor has it solved these types of problems, issues and concerns.
The solution to this problem is to focus all attention on the LEO and understand what is behind each individual's responses and actions in deadly conflict and engagement. However, the problem is two-fold and very complicated and complex. The first and most challenging is to be able to replicate the absolute realism of deadly encounter situations that would generate and produce the very same effects on the officer he/she would experience out in the field in an actual deadly encounter - the LEO must gain that true, deadly engagement experience. The second is to know and understand what is going on with the LEO during the event, as well as the anticipated or expected short and long-term post event effects on the individual.
Troysgate has answers and solutions that will addresses all of the leading and important law enforcement challenges associated with deadly conflict and engagement. The problems to be solved are not training issues - law enforcement training does what it was intended to accomplish and that is the preparation of the officer. However, emphasis has been on preparation and the expectation and results when it is evident that something is very wrong, and still continues to go wrong time and time again. The answer, approach and solution lies in the proper mental conditioning of the officer.
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