Speech to Text for Deputy approved to travel for sniper training
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law enforcement members are trained to keep our communities safe - but we're learning that one officer will soon go through special training. on tuesday - the mower county board of commissioners approved the travel expenses for a deputy to attend an out- of-state sniper training to keep his certification up to date and continue his education. kimt news 3's annalise johnson spoke to those at the sheriff's office today... annalise?xxx annalise live-lintro-2 raquel - i sat down with members of the mower county sheriffs office and the austin police department to learn about how law enforcement snipers are utilized in our communities - and what kind of misperceptions people may have about this special set of skills.xxx deputy sniper trainng-mpkg-1 deputy sniper trainng-pkg-3 the special emergency response team - or sert - of the austin area community is a combined team from the mower county sheriffs office and the austin police department. sargeant investigator steve sandvik explains that sert members have special jobs... some of them - are trained snipers. deputy sniper trainng-pkg-2 these particular people are deployed in case deadly force is necessary to use to rescue a hostage or you know prevent further harm to people deputy sniper trainng-pkg-6 one of those snipers is detective brant strouf. he tells me snipers go through rigorous training and frequent continuing education. deputy sniper trainng-pkg-4 i would consider it intense training that from both the basic sniper course that snipers initially attend all the way up to other courses that they'll attend throughout their career deputy sniper trainng-pkg-7 sandvik and austin chief of police brian krueger think that one of the biggest misperceptions people may have of snipers is distinguishing the difference between military snipers - and law enforcement snipers. deputy sniper trainng-pkg-5 from a military standpoint - snipers generally take out individuals so right away i think the general public - as soon as they hear that word - take on that connotation deputy sniper trainng-pkg-8 the skills are the same - but it's a different environment. we are deployed as peace officers and that doesnt change police snipers have been deployed on numerous occassions - but neither officer can recall a time one of their snipers has had to take a shot. while they're prepared to do so if necessary - they often serve a different purpose when the sert team is called. the usual main focus is to observe and report back to the team commander or police leadership to let them know what we're seeing and then they can formulate a plan based on those observations thankfully we've not - to my knowledge - had to have someone pull the trigger so to speak but theyre there for the protection of the public / deputy sniper trainng-ltag-2 both departments tell me that when the sert team is deployed and a sniper is concealed somewhere watching for intel - focused on the emergency at hand -officers on the perimeter are there to ensure the public's safety while the situation is dealt with. live in the rochester studio annalise johnson kimt news 3. / thank you annalise. and coming up at kimt news 3 at 6 - we're taking about what role peace officer snipers can play if they ever encounter a mass shooter.