PEORIA, Ariz. (KSAZ)
It's been a sad week since the death of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser.
And in the last 30 days there have been at least four different cases of people opening fire on valley police officers and sheriff's deputies.
Today we talked to a police officer who is an expert in officer-involved shootings.
The Peoria trainer says officers have to make split second decisions.
He believes that in Arizona officers should go through more training and he says the training should focus on force-on-force scenarios.
Lon Bartel leads use-of-force training for Peoria police officers and officers around the state.
Today he showed us a gun that's been converted to a non-lethal weapon.
It uses simulated ammunition for force-on-force training.
“It’s one [thing] to sit on a firing line and put whole in paper… it’s another when I have opponents, when I have innocent civilians in an environment… when in have other officers in an environment and everyone...there’s a pain penalty,” said Bartel.
Arizona doesn't require force-on -force training and not all agencies use it, but Bartell believes they should.
“If you make a mistake, you are going to know about it,” said Bartel. “When these things hit, they leave marks.”
Bartel also thinks law enforcement agencies in general should spend more money and time training officers for a real-life officer involved shootings.
“The basic academy is 585 hours,” Bartel says. “If you compare that with a Cosmetology degree you are talking 1500 hours-- based on the basic... I would say we need more training.”
Bartel says Arizona officers are required to maintain about ten hours of mandatory training every year.