Montgomery Co. hosts "Shoot! Don't shoot" police training

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"Shoot! Don't Shoot!" training put on by Pct 4, is giving people the opportunity to act as police during high stress situations. (KTRK)

Civilians rarely have the opportunity to understand what happens from the police point of view during a routine traffic stop.
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Tuesday night, deputies with Montgomery County Precinct 4 and the Citizen's Constable Academy tried to show them.

The program is called "Shoot/ Don't shoot."

It's a ten week training course that meets each week, showing civilians what police can face on the job.

Participants are given "simulation" weapons that fire a hard soap-like bullet.

Deputies pose as the "bad guy" in the exercise and the civilian must choose: shoot or don't shoot.

"Oh, (it's) a split second decision," said Kevin Patel, who participated.

"You don't know, you've got to keep your eyes open everywhere. You have to control the crowd. It's a difficult job. I imagine how hard it must be on these guys."

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