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Richland police train behind the trigger

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland police officers got the chance for some practice Tuesday behind the trigger at their shooting range.

Officers rotated through four different stations, working on the basics of shooting and hitting a target, as well as making quick decisions.

"It's not static. Standing in a very calm scenario, poking holes in a paper target, you can do that all day long and become very proficient at it. But when you start moving, when you start inserting stress, when you start inserting a thought process of decision making, that's when the reality comes in,” said Capt. Mike Cobb with the Richland Police Department.

That's why officers are put to the test now, so they can deal with it on the streets later.

"Tenths of a second could matter, and you have to decide is a person extending a cellphone at me? Are they extending a firearm at me? Are they extending a knife? What is their intent? All with never having met the person before and so that decision making process is so critical," said Cobb.

Police said they're always changing tactics.

“Everything that makes a national headline, we learn from. We adapt and we get better because we're always in pursuit of that perfection and that best way to do it," said Cobb.

Richland police said all officers in the Tri-Cities train the same way to give them the tools they need to keep them and civilians safe.

“It gets very complex very quickly and we want our officers to be able to cope with that when they deal with it on the street," added Cobb.

Richland police said they do this training five times a year, and each officer goes through it.

The state mandates at least 24 hours of training for each officer.

The Richland police department said they give police 100 hours.

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