No More Hesitation Targets were designed to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training. No More Hesitation faded background enhances the isolation and is meant to help the transition for officers who are faced with these highly unusual targets for the first time.
Uh huh. Because you don’t want you officers thinking twice when staring down a pre-teen girl and her little sister.
Or a pregnant woman in her nursery
Although I’m sure that there may be occasions where law enforcement officers are facing real and immediate danger from unexpected people, is this really what we want? Wouldn’t it be better to train some finesse and negotiation skills for situations that look like this?
It’s this lack of hesitation that makes for situations like this.
Appropriate hesitation leaves time for thought. Certainly, I want the brave men and women that pin on that badge to be safe in their duties, but I want to be safe out there too.
Maybe if these officers in Maryland had hesitated, a young man with downs syndrome wouldn’t have been killed over a movie ticket. (Follow the link, read it, share it)
Obviously, I am outraged that these men did this. That the only tool in their toolbox was force. But beyond that, I absolutely hate that it makes the lives of the honest, hard-working officers so much harder, so much more dangerous. Each one of these incidents erodes the trust we should be able to put in the men and women that answer the call to uphold the law. Those who remember and live the Peelian principles.
I really do believe that the vast majority of police officers are good, honest, hard-working people. Their stories aren’t sensational so they don’t make the news. Yes, there are bad seeds just like in every other field. Unfortunately, they make the news. And all too often, they are insulated from the consequences of their actions. Too often, they aren’t trained to hesitate.
(H/T The Smallest Minority–sorry, almost forgot to link back)