Law enforcement: Being prepared is crucial in crisis

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 14, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; Especially after hearing about a police officer being injured in an armored car robbery Thursday in Shreveport, local officials agreed being prepared is key in these situations.

The incident was the second shooting involving police in Louisiana this year.

&uot;When something like this happens from a law enforcement point of view, it lets us know to be ready for anything,&uot; Ferriday Police Chief Bobby Sheppard said. He said his men are continuously trained and educated to handle situations like the one in Shreveport.

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&uot;It’s a very dangerous job law enforcement (officers) have, and as we go on it seems to get more dangerous,&uot; Sheppard said. &uot;You just can’t be too relaxed even if you’ve been in law enforcement for a long time.&uot;

Sheppard also said community involvement is vital to police officers in these types of situations. The community can give law enforcement tips to aid in the arrest of criminals.

Vidalia Police Chief Billy Hammers agreed with Sheppard, saying continuous training of police officers is important.

Hammers said police officers in his department are trained in the academy and in field training twice a year.

&uot;We have training all the time. We try to stay on top of things by training,&uot; Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Danny Merrill said.