Friday, June 05, 2009
Bryan PD hosts Officer Survival School
The Bryan Police Department was proud to host an Officer Survival School during the week of May 26, 2009 through May 29, 2009, at the Bryan Justice Center. Thirteen students participated in the physically and mentally challenging 40-hour course. Participants included officers from Bryan, Rockport, Irving and Missouri City Police Departments and the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.
Bryan Police Sgt. Buck Rogers, who also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association, said the course is designed to prepare officers for numerous survival situations that officers could potentially face on any given day. The course included case studies of officer involved shootings, as well as exercises on how officers should properly deal with terrorists and terroristic attacks, how to administer self aid and first aid, the proper two-officer response to building clearing and immediate action/counter action ambush response drills.
Participating officers were put through a stringent physical fitness evaluation and were required to perform qualifying drills with firearms. In these firearms drills, officers were challenged to accurately and effectively shoot in complicated and realistic training so officers would understand how weapons will perform when firing through such things as vehicle doors and windows and how the officer and weapon will perform when firing out of a vehicle.
The course included off-duty survival situations including case studies of off-duty shootings, practical training exercises that involve shoot-or-don’t-shoot situations, tactical mindset for officers that are off duty and off-duty deadly force situations.
The officers received instruction on breaching doors with tools and shotguns and participated in a low light shooting exercise and moving target exercises. The course ended with a practical examination and a written test.
One participant stated that “The staff is professional, knowledgeable, and patient… the department appears to be a wonderful and enjoyable place to start and complete your career… Thank you for all your support and efforts that the staff and department allowed.”
The Bryan Police Department is excited to be able to host this course and other courses at the Bryan Justice Center. Through courses such as these, not only will the Bryan Police Department continue to be at the forefront of training and technology, but it also has the chance to ensure the safety and survival of fellow peace officers across the State of Texas through the high level of expertise of your Bryan Police Department officers.
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Jason James/Public Information Officer
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