Officers receive non-lethal training


A week-long training session is helping local law enforcement learn how to bring dangerous situations to a peaceful conclusion.

Officers from several agencies are in Parsons this week for a class on subject control, taught by an instructor from Human Factors Research Group out of Millstadt, IL. The class provides officers with non-lethal ways to control hostile criminals, like pressure point control. Instructors say the idea is to give the officers more tools to end a violent situation.

“It definitely bridges the gap between verbal communication and deadly force,” says Parsons police officer Erin Snider. “Obviously, we need lots of solutions in the middle there to handle each call that we deal with and so forth.”

Officers who complete the course and pass both a written and practical test will then be certified to teach other officers for the next three years. At that time, they will have to complete a recertification course through human factors research group.

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