Members of the Community participate in Tactics and Survival Training
LASD values transparency with the public by engaging in open and honest communication. Last year, members of the community were invited to participate in hands-on training with our Tactics and Survival unit to promote transparency during critical incidents. During these scenarios, veteran law enforcement instructors recreated high stress scenarios that Deputies experience on a regular basis. Community Members were confronted with several different scenarios including some when a mock firearm or other deadly weapon were produced.
During one scenario, a role player stumbled out of his residence while holding his head as if he was an injured victim. A second man exited the residence and approached the community members. Without any warning, he suddenly retrieved a handgun from his waistband and fired several rounds before they even had time to react and return fire.
In another scenario, a role player was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and lifted his leg to reveal a loaded handgun that he was sitting on. The training team pointed out this is one reason why, during traffic stops, Deputies will often direct members of the public to leave their hands on the steering wheel or in plain view.
Marquis Diamond, a community representative who attended the training program, shared his experience, “Working in the community, we get to see things from the social media side; and sometimes, like we just realized today, that’s not always what’s accurate. So coming to an event like this, it allows us to see the perception from the officer’s eyes. That way when we’re in our communities we get to let them know: let the facts come out first, before we make judgement on how this situation played out.”
LASD thanks the community members who took the time to participate in these training scenarios.