Local law enforcement speak on importance of training in response to Dallas shooting

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In the wake of the devastating ambush in Texas, law enforcement officers across the country are focusing on all the preparation involved to prepare for anything.

“Being a police officer is a very dangerous and complex job,” Chief Mike Yankowski of the Lansing Police Department said.

“The law enforcement community is…devastated every time something like this happens because in reality it could happen to any of us, anywhere, anytime,” Sgt. Gerald Badgett of the MSP Lansing Post stated.

The tragedy in Dallas struck home for most police officers.

“Being a police officer is certainly a profession that it takes a special person, someone who is willing to give up their life for a complete stranger in order to keep peace,” said Yankowski.

When active shooter situations happen, law enforcement steps in putting their officer training to the test.

“The training that we give our police officers is vital,” Yankowski stated.

“With school shootings, school violence, workplace violence…active shooters become a reality for us,” Badgett said.

Yankowski says regardless of how much training an officer has, dangerous situations still erupt.

“Those challenges and those dangers that our men and women of the Lansing Police Department face every single day, they don’t even think about it twice…they’re going to be there to help someone in the time of need,” he said.

And when tragedy strikes, police want to remind the community they can help.

“Just be aware of any suspicious activity, if you see something..say something,” Badgett mentioned.

Chief Yankowski agreed stating…”the police and the community have to be united.”

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