The JPD is training for close combat

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback


They call it close quarters combat--Police officers having to deal with deadly situations literally just a few feet away from their cruisers.

This week the Jonesboro Police Department is learning how to defend themselves from a sudden close range assault.

"The world is changing seems to be getting more violent unfortunately and the police officers have to be prepared for that type of violence."

A Vietnam Marine veteran and former law enforcement officer, Chuck Habermehl has been teaching this kind of training since 1978.

Habermehl says having a plan is the key to survival and training is when you make the plan.

"Make sure you think in training so in combat you don't have to think. Things happen automatically. "

The JPD trains all the time but having an outside trainer like Habermehl come in is not a regular occurrence.

Doyle, "Maybe once every couple of years. We try to do most of our training in house taught by our own officers."

Habermehl says he updates his training based on his hands-on experience, interviewing and working with combat troops many of which use techniques his company has taught. Any input to keep ahead of the bad guys.

Habermehl, "Because things do change and when we notice a change we modify things to adapt to what's going on."

Doyle, "As officers we can't do anybody any good if we become injured or disabled ourselves."

The training I watched involved using the doors as a shield and using the car itself as a shield. All based on a felony stop.

Habermehl, "And as they make that traffic stop the occupants of the vehicle come out shooting so the police officers are coming out shooting."

And remember those movie scenes where the windshield gets blown out with one shot?

Nope it doesn't work that way at all.

In fact it may surprise you how many times you can shoot through a car windshield.

The majority of police officers taking the training are regular patrol officers.

That's because they're usually the first ones to arrive at a shooting.

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