MERIDIAN -- It's a risk members of law enforcement take every day. KTVB wanted to find out how they're prepared to handle high-pressure situations like the officers in Caldwell faced that ended in the suspect and two officers shot.
All members of law enforcement in the state go through the same training. After they sign on with an agency, they go to POST academy -- Peace Officer Standards and Training.
An officer's decision to fire their weapons happens fast.
"They have literally seconds to make decisions at times; not minutes, days, or hours or weeks. They have seconds to make a decision," said POST basic training manager Rory Olsen.
However, before they shoot, they go through training at the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
"A basic patrol academy is over 560 hours of training in a wide variety of topics," said Olsen.
During their ten weeks at POST, they go through scenario training with Tim Braseth. They use weapons designed and weighted to seem like the real thing. The filmed situations are created to mimic things officers could encounter.
"We're teaching communications above anything else because we want them to get there and we want them to be able, ready, and willing to try to talk their way out of the situation. As opposed to using any kind of force," said POST Academy training specialist Tim Braseth.
Braseth, who has been teaching for more than a decade, said the officers like training this way.
"It's been referred to as a giant cop video game with a purpose. They get a lot out of it," said Braseth
He said it helps them learn to take action under pressure.
"There's no pause button. You have to make decisions very quickly. You have to make appropriate decisions very quickly. And it's a tough deal to come up with those answers as fast as they need to come up with," Braseth said.
POST basic patrol academy is a 10-week program that puts officers from all different agencies together. It helps them have standard terminology and tactics when multiple agencies have to work together.