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A Split Second Can Mean Life or Death – A Glimpse of What It's like to Be an Officer of the Law

You get a call to respond to a disturbance in the park, it's dark, it's late, and you don't know what to expect. A man comes out of the dark, and you have to immediately assess the situation to see if he is a threat and how you can deescalate it. He starts coming towards you with his hands in his pocket. What do you do now? You take out your weapon, but now you can't tell if he has a gun or a cell phone in his hand. Your decision could mean his life and possibly yours. What do you do? Here's a look inside of the Aurora Police Department and how they're training officers on making that split second decision.


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